NAU GEAR UP Webinar on the Administration of ACT Explore Randy Palmatier ACT Director - Client Relations Ann Connelly NAU/GEAR UP EXPLORE Manager
ACT Explore Administration Webinar • Welcome and Introductions • Participation Instructions • What We Will Cover • How Questions Will Be Addressed • Future Viewing • ACT Resources and Contacts • Lets Get Started!
ACT Explore reference materials that will be very helpful to you during and after the webinar
ACT Explore Policies and Procedures ACT Explore is a standardized test. This manual details directions for administering EXPLORE in a standardized way which will benefit you and your students.
Testing Materials You will receive: • Test Supervisor’s Manual (1 per 20 students) • “Why Take ACT Explore?” Handouts • Available in Spanish http://www.act.org/explore/downloads.html • Instructions for Completing Your Answer Folder • Test Booklets • Answer Folders • School Header • USPS Postage Prepaid Return Envelopes
Take the time to read and understand the Test Supervisor’s Manual
Additional Testing Considerations and Pre-Planning • Arrangements for test administration • Proctors one per room or as needed if you are testing in more than one room • Bell schedules • Calculators Permitted/Prohibited (pg. 9 Supervisor’s Manual)
Additional Testing Considerations and Pre-Planning Cont. • Pre-ID labels • Must be applied to page 1 of ACT Explore answer folder BEFORE the test • for students who do not have a Pre-ID label, please have them bubble their answer sheets to include all the fields that the Pre-ID requires. • Ensure that Answer folders/test booklets are properly sorted in advance by class to ensure efficient and accurate distribution • Ensure students names are on their test booklets as well as their answer sheets • Recommend entering Special Status Codes ( SPED,LEP) on Answer folder when pre-ID Labels are applied • (pgs. 40-41 Test Supervisor’s Manual)
Review and familiarize yourselves with the steps and instructions for completing the Answer Folder
All Districts Will Use Pre-ID labels This should be completed by your District Liaison already! Please ensure that your district/school has ordered Pre-ID labels as detailed in the instructions found on the ACT Pre-ID website: http://www.act.org/education/order/preid/. For more information regarding ordering of test materials or Pre-ID labels, please contact ACT Customer Services at: EXPLORE 877.789.2925 EXPLORECustomerService@act.org
Pre-ID Label (Barcode) Instructions Instructions for Completing Your Answer Folder – Page 3
Pre-ID Label Instructions for Students Instructions for Completing Your Answer Folder – Page 3
Accommodations Accommodations are determined by the school/district for students that ordinarily use the following to support their learning:(these materials were ordered based on your EXPLORE commitment form/order form.) • Large Print • Braille • Audio DVD • Reader’s Script Pgs.14-18 ACT Explore Test Supervisor’s Manual
Testing Environment • Prepare testing room(s); gain support to create quiet hallways in the area where testing will take place. • Avoid auditoriums and cafeterias • Testing supervisors and room supervisors must prepare properly (read and simulate your test day needs) • Proctor – optional dependent on # of students • Stop watch or interval timer • Extra #2 pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener • Scratch paper • Account for all testing materials • Provide roster of students assigned to each test room
Preparing Students • Send home “Why Take ACT Explore?” • Schedule a pre-test session for non-cognitive • Benefits of ACT Explore • Career exploration • Planning high school courses • Preparing for college • Brief career discussion • Brief explanation about interest inventories
Preparing Students (Continued) Review with staff and students the ACT Explore Guidelines • Unauthorized Testing Aids • Questions/Guessing • Rest Periods • Leaving the Room During Testing • Announcement of Time Remaining • Electronic Devices • What Constitutes a “Test Irregularity” during testing Refer to Supervisor’s Manual for additional guidance pgs. 19-22
Day of Testing What do the Students Need? • Pencils & Erasers • Calculators? (pg. 9 Supervisor’s Manual) • Instructions for Completing your Answer Folder • Instructions for Completing the Supplemental Questions required by NAU. • Answer Folder (with assigned Pre-ID Label) • Test Booklet (make certain students write their full name on the test booklet cover)
Instructions and Procedural Testing Sequence Student Information Section Pgs. 23-25 Pgs. 3-5
Instructions and Procedural Testing Sequence (cont.) Pg. 30 Use Option 3 for Pre ID Label users Pg. 33 Instructions for Academic Tests Test 1 English Test 2 Math Test 3 Reading Test 4 Science Pgs. 44-46 Disposition of Answer Folders and Test Materials Pg. 65 Testing Irregularity Report Pg. 63 Room Supervisor Comments
Administration of Non-cognitive Information ACT Explore - Part 1 Non-cognitive (45-60 minutes – must be completed prior to testing) • Student Information • Plans and Background • Needs Assessment • Supplemental Local Items (located on NAU Website) UNIACT Interest Inventory • 72 Questions Supervisor’s Manual - Pgs. 24-28
Administration ACT Explore Part 1 Non-cognitive (45-60 minutes may be completed prior to the tests) • Student Information • Plans and Background • Needs Assessment • UNIACT Interest Inventory 72 Questions • Supplemental Questions Pg. 6-7
Academic Test Administration ACT Explore Part 2 Academic Sections (120 min) • English 40 Items (30 min) • Math 30 Items (30 min) • Calculators Allowed • Break (5-10 min) • Reading 30 Items (30 min) • Science 28 Items (30 min) Students Must Complete All Sections Pgs. 27-33
ACT Explore Answer Folders Although Pre-ID labels will be used, it is still important for students to complete the following blocks: E, F, J, K, L and Block M (Supplemental questions supplied by NAU) Blocks to Ignore: A, B, D, G, H, I, N, O, P, Q,R, and S Block to be filled in after test booklets are distributed: K 28
Important Reminder! Block M: Supplemental Local Questions Provides School specific data on your students You will need to make copies for each student
Instructions • For Non-Cognitive Section: Read instructions aloud to students (Use Option #3 in Test Supervisor’s Manual on pg. 30). • For Academic Sections: Read aloud instructions from Supervisor’s Manual (beginning on pg. 33), as students read along in their answer folders. • For Section M: Read Directions for Block M EXPLORE Supplemental Local Items – You will need to make copies of the Supplemental Local Items for each Student.
Post-Testing Process What To Do Once Testing is Over Collect Answer Folders • Ensure that each student has marked the correct test form code in block “K” at the bottom of page 1. • Ensure student information is entered/bubbled in correctly. • Ensure pencil marks are complete. (no stray marks) • Collect, Check, (for name),and Store Test Booklets for Redistribution • Students should write first and last name on test booklet to ensure appropriate return of Test booklets to the original student users. • Ensure you store these test booklets in a secure location for later to be distributed to students with test results • Extra test booklets (unused) save and store in a secure location for use once test results are returned.
School Headers • Fill Out School Header • Pre-printed label will be on header • Make sure or correctly enter your three-digit contract/cycle code (203) in block “K”.
Returning Answer Folders for Scoring Mail all answer folders (standard, make-up, accommodation testing) together. Place your school header on top of your stack of answer folders in your first envelope. If you have testing irregularities fill out the Testing Irregularity Reports and place the report(s) in the first envelope of answer folders. If you are submitting a large number of answer folders for scoring, try and use a single box rather than multiple envelopes to ensure all materials arrive at the ACT scoring center together. If you need to ship more than one box, please number them (1 of 3), (2 of 3), etc… Pgs. 40-44 EXPLORE Test Supervisor’s Manual
Post-testing Activity Mailing Answer Folders for Scoring • Place Answer Folders in ACT Pre-Paid Envelope(s) • Each School Mails in Answer Folders to ACT • Allow 3 Weeks for School Level Reports and Student Score Reports to Arrive
Reporting Package Schools will receive: • Reports and Supporting Materials • Student Score Reports • Student Score Labels • Using Your EXPLORE Results • Roster of Student Records • Profile Summary Report by School • Presentation Packet • Item Response Summary Report • Early Intervention Rosters • Data File CD Districts will receive: • Profile Summary Report by District • Item Response Summary Report by District • District Data File CD • Copies of School Profile Summary Reports Pgs.51-56 EXPLORE Test Supervisor’s Manual
Additional Resources • ACT Explore Student Website www.explorestudent.org • Materials for Educators www.act.org/explore/downloads.html • ACT Website http://www.act.org • ACT Explore Arizona Program Website http://nau.edu/COE/Gear-Up/Explore-Program/
Data Interpretation Workshops ACT and NAU GEAR UP will hold 2 types of Data Interpretation Workshops this year: Option A: ACT EXPLORE Refresher Webinar – December 10, 2014(prior participants only) Option B: ACT EXPLORE Regional Workshops – January 2015 (all new participants)
OPTION A:ACT Explore Refresher WebinarDecember 10, 2014 Webinar This webinar is REQUIRED for any District Liaison and & CC Coach who: A: participated in an ACT Explore Regional Workshop (ACT Explore) last January, AND B: plans to conduct the required post-assessment activities with students and parents before the January 2015 ACT Explore Workshops).
ACT Explore Refresher Webinar Webinar will cover: • Provide updated PowerPoints for Student and Parent Sessions • College and Career Planning Guides and PreECAPS • Final Reports • Student Score Report • Profile Summary Report • Item-Response Summary Report • Early Intervention Rosters • College Readiness Standards and Benchmarks • Rigorous core courses and their impact • What to do next with the data
Option B:ACT Explore Regional WorkshopsJanuary 2015Locations and dates TBD Participation in one of these regional workshops is REQUIRED for any District Liaison or CC Coach who did not participate in an ACT Explore Regional Workshop last January – in other words, 2014-15 is your first year as a Liaison or Coach. Either Prior or New participants are welcome to attend.
ACT Explore Regional Workshops Workshops will cover: • Helping Students and Parents Understand, Use and Act on EXPLORE Results (PowerPoints and use of Materials) • College and Career Planning Guides and PreECAP’s • Final Reporting Guide/Final Reports for NAU/GEAR UP • Student Score Report • Profile Summary Report • Item-Response Summary Report • Early Intervention Rosters • Many other resources to help your students • College Readiness Standards and Benchmarks • Rigorous core courses and their impact • What to do next with the data
Each College and Career Coach will Order ACT Explore Student Materials for their schools at the Expect More Arizona website: http://www.expectmorearizona.org/ccpgorder/
Instructions for how to access and or share this presentation/workshop Website URL: Ann will send the recorded link out at the conclusion of the Webinar Webinar and PowerPoint will also be available on the NAU EXPLORE Website: http://nau.edu/COE/Gear-Up/Explore-Program/
For Additional Information: Ann Connelly 602-728-9526 email@example.com