Math Type Now Available in CTLS for Middle/High School Teachers

Attention Middle School & High School Math Teachers

math-typeMiddle School and High School math teachers, are you tired of snipping every question and answer in CTLS Item Builder because of the lack of math symbols?  Have you ever wished that you could use MathType instead?  Great news for the New Year!  MathType in CTLS Item Builder is now available!  If you have MathType on your computer, you can now use it from directly within Item Builder.  If you are a middle or high school math teacher and do not have MathType on your computer, you can put in a work order to have it pushed to your teacher laptop.

The Following are 3 helpful videos:

  1. How to use MathType within Item BuilderFor those already familiar with MathType and simply need to use it with CTLS Item Builder
  2. How to copy MathType equations from a document that is already created – For those with pre-existing assessments in Word that have MathType equations in them
  3. How to use MathType in general – For those who are not already familiar with MathType

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The Following are MathType PDF Directions:

How To Use MathType 

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Need more help with using MathType?  Please contact your TTIS for more assistance.

Printing in Test Management

Recently you may have noticed some minor changes to the printing tab in Test Management.  Now you will find a checkbox to print the assessment including the questions, answers and standard alignment for each question.  To do this, click the checkbox and then click “Print Test Document”.  This is a great option as a final check of your assessment including answers and alignment prior to Publishing.

printing-tab For those who would just like the answer key to an assessment, there is now an option to print an Answer Key only.  To print an Answer Key only, click on “Answer Key” at the bottom right.  This will give you an answer key similar to the one below.

answerkeyIn addition, If you would like to work with the assessment without the tables and other formatting that is in place, you can also choose “Preview and Print Test” option to open the assessment in a new browser tab.  Copy and paste the assessment into a new MS Word document so you can edit and customize as needed.

 

Printing District Created Touchstone Assessments

When you would like to print a hard copy of a Touchstone Assessment, the best location is the Assessment and Personalized Learning site.

The Touchstone assessments are pushed out to iRespond for giving the tests; however, that is not where you should go to print them.  The Touchstone assessments are located on the Assessment and Personalized Learning page of the Intranet.  Follow the steps below to get to the Touchstone Assessments. 

  1. Go to www.cobbk12.org
  2. Under the Employees tab select Intranet
  3. Under Departments, on the left-hand side, select Assessment and Personalized Learning
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4. Select the course/grade you teach and find the corresponding Touchstone or mini-Touchstone.
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Additional ways to access the Touchstone assessments are as follows:
  • CTLS – If you are working in CTLS, you can also access the Touchstone Assessments on the Web Links tab underneath “For Teachers” located on the dashboard.

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Seeking more Questions for a Reading Passage?

Did You Know that when you build an assessment that uses a supplemental passage you can search for all questions assigned to that passage?

Here’s how:

  1. Open Test Management and find a question with a reading passage. If you need additional support building a test you can find it in the CTLS Support Central.

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2. To view the question, click on the icon to the left of the question and then select “Click here to view the passage for this item.” If you like the question and passage add it to your test. Then click “Close Question View”

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3. Once the question has been added to the test, put a check in the box to the left of the question. Then, click “view.”

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4. Click “Find all Passage Questions.”

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5. Check the box beside any additional questions related to the passage to add them to your test.

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*  If you need additional support contact your local TTIS

New Options for Printing and Editing Test Documents in Test Management

 

When printing tests in CTLS, teachers now have multiple options for printing to allow editing in a less structured document.  A new option has been added to allow teachers to be able to edit the Microsoft Word document without the tables in a free-form style that is structured exclusively with paragraph and style formatting for easier editing.

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7 Ways that iRespond has Gotten Even Better!

Teachers may notice several changes this year when using iRespond. The program went through a major update this summer and got some new enhancements based on past teacher feedback. The new features were designed to help create a smoother experience when giving formative assessments.

 

1. One less iRespond icon on Teacher Laptop

No more clicking on iRespond Part 2 when first setting up iRespond. There should only be three icons on a teacher computer. The icons should be: iRespond–This icon links to the software; iRespond Web App–This icon is a link to the student login page; iRespond Now–This icon links to a simplified version of iRespond instructor-paced sessions.

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2. Login with Badge ID can be Upper case or Lower case
It is no longer necessary for your Badge ID to be upper case when logging in to iRespond. Teacher may now login with their badge ID as lower case and password being lower case.
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3. No More Overwriting Rosters
Teachers can now have a little less stress when trying to remember whether to “merge” or “overwrite” rosters when logging in. When a teacher logs in to iRespond, they will be directed automatically to the dashboard. They will not see a pop-up box anymore asking them about their rosters.
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4. Session Progress Bar is consistent with Web app and Remote
The teacher view of the progress bar will now look the same whether giving an assessment by web app or using remotes. The green bar indicates percentage of correct responses and red bar indicates percentage of incorrect responses. The grey bar indicates the number (not percentage) of students who not answered the question because they have either not gotten to the question yet or have skipped the question.
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5. Weighted Questions are Blue
 If a question has been modified to use weighted point values, it will appear in the session progress bar as a blue line.
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6. New Summary Session Window
When the teacher has finished the testing session they will be prompted with a Summary Session Window before they close iRespond. The Session Window will alert the teacher if there are any students still online and if all students have answered and submitted all questions. This window will also give the teacher the option to immediately print the students’ test results without having to search through “Reports” in iRespond. However, remember that these scores may not necessarily reflect weighted scores in CTLS. Be sure to look in CTLS to disaggregate your data and view a variety of data reports.
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7. Student Summary Session Window on Web App
Students are also getting a Summary Session Window when they finish an assessment and try to log out of the Web App. They are now informed whether they have answered all questions and if all responses were submitted. Students are given the option to go back and review any of their answers.
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So, do you have the latest iRespond 7.1 software? Teacher laptops should have received the latest version at the beginning of the new school year. Follow the steps below to get 7.1 if your laptop still have the older version.

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Selecting Items from Alternate Course Standards

Want to create a test with questions from a different grade level? Well, now we can in CTLS Test Management! For example, you may want to create a pre-assessment in math at the beginning of the year that contains items from more than one grade level to get baseline data.

Now when you create assessments, you can select from other grade level standards and elements. Check out the step-by-step directions for this exciting new enhancement.

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Back to School!! Copy a CTLS Test from a Previous Year!

Welcome back! As everyone is preparing for the new school year one thing you won’t have to prepare are assessments if they were created in a previous year! Also, as a new enhancement, you can now copy and move assessments into different subjects and courses! Follow the directions below to locate an assessment from a prior year and create a copy and/or move the assessment to the current school year and subject.

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Search for Questions by Badge ID

A new search feature has been added to CTLS test setup process to allow searching for questions based on your CTLS User ID (badge number). In other words, you can search for questions that you have personally created. This can provide a quick mechanism to retrieve items that you have created in the Item Builder program that you want to immediately turn around and add to a test.

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