TAKS – XL Retest 2008 – 2009 Online Testing Opportunities • October 21st – 24th 2008 • March 3rd – 6th 2009 • April 28th – May 1st 2009 • July 14th – 17th 2009
TELPAS 2009 • Online Training and Qualification Activities • TELPAS Rater Training letter dated 5/2/2008 • Grades 2 – 12 Online Reading Assessment • Assessment window March 9 – April 10, 2009 • Grades K – 12 Online Holistic Rating • Rating submission window March 9 – April 10, 2009
End-of-Course 2009 Online Testing Field Tests • Field Tests (selected districts) May 4th – 22nd 2009 • Physics • World Geography
End-of-Course 2009 Online Testing Opportunities • Operational (voluntary) May 11th – 29th 2009 • Algebra I • Geometry • Biology • Chemistry • U.S. History
How does this all work? http://etestTX.com
A unique Login ID and test code is required Password is used in an oral administration
Two separate areas Training area – Live area http://etest.pearson.com/Customers/Texas/index.htm
Training is Critical for Success! District & Campus Staff Trainings • Texas Online Testing Training Course – Test administrator training • Best Practices and Deployment for Online Testing – Technical training
Training is Critical for Success! Student Training Opportunities • Texas Specific Testing Tools – student ePAT to preview Texas online tools • TestNav tutorial – student ePAT general preview of TestNav functionality • TELPAS reading online tutorials – ePAT preview of TestNav for ELL students • TELPAS reading online preview tests – scorable ePATs of RPTE released content
Texas Training Center • The Training Center allows a user to practice or test the TestNav software using eMeasurement Services without affecting live Texas State Assessments data. The screens in the Training Center are identical to those in the operational site, except for the name on the banner at the top of the page. • The Training Center includes two practice tests for use to verify that your infrastructure is properly set up. • TX Training Test • This test will help test the basic functionality of the TestNav software. • Proctor Caching Testing Tool • This test will help test and verify the proctor caching functionality.
Texas Training Center The Training Center site mirrors the live site. Explore this area to become familiar with the live assessment area.
Resources • Where do you find the Resources you need for online testing? • www.etesttx.com/resources • What types of Resources will you find there? • Administration Materials • General Guide to Online Testing • Texas Technical User’s Guide • Online Infrastructure Guidelines • Early Warning Reference Manual • Proctor Caching Users Guide • Technical and Administration based FAQs • Quick Guides • Readiness Checklist • Texas Online Testing System Requirements • Adobe Flash Installation Tips document • Pre-code File Instructions • Test Administration manuals • Getting Started letters for each administration
Resources cont… • Additional Resources • Training Center site for practicing and training • Call Center support for general online testing • Call Center support for technical assistance • District-specific conference call sessions held upon request
Let’s go wireless • The online assessment system can be delivered using wireless technology. • Laptops offer additional flexibility for testing configurations. • Wireless technology helps to maximize space and existing infrastructure.
Keys to Success Preparation Planning Perceptions TRAINING! Support Resource Allocation
Texas Education Agency’s Student Assessment Division Telephone 512-463-9536Fax 512-463-9302 TEA Student Assessment website—www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment Call TEA’s Student Assessment Division for assistance with: • testing accommodations • requesting changes to the testing schedule • questions about the policy on taking breaks and lunch • testing beyond normal school hours • handling unusual circumstances on test days • violations of test security • handling school emergencies that affect testing • questions about general online testing policy • questions about TAKS, TELPAS, or EOC programs • questions about TEA communications
Pearson Educational Measurement’s Austin Operations CenterTexas Online Team 7:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. CT Monday–Friday Telephone 512-989-5300 Fax 512-989-5376 Toll-free 800-252-9186 (Option 3) E-mail email@example.com Call or e-mail Pearson’s Texas Online Team for assistance with: • information about online testing or online testing procedures • navigating the Texas State Assessments online administrative website • accessing and using the online Training Center on Texas State Assessments website • managing examinee data • setting up electronic test sessions • assigning login IDs and passwords • accessing resources • questions about Pearson Online Testing communications • questions about returning scorable or nonscorable testing materials • questions about oral administration of test sessions • setting up a test run of the TestNav test delivery software
Pearson Educational Measurement’s eMeasurement Technical Support 6:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. CT Monday–Friday Toll-free 888-597-1103 Call Pearson’s Technical Support for assistance with: • network problems • TestNav software installation issues • proctor caching issues • evaluating infrastructure • hardware and software requirements or problems • the TestNav Early Warning System • wireless networking issues • technical emergencies • solving online testing set-up issues