Publishing Tests – CTLS Assess Legacy to Enhanced

Do you have tests from 2018-2019, that you’d like to use in Enhanced CTLS Assess?  With a few clicks, you can access, review and publish your tests so they appear and are ready for you to administer.  This is a great opportunity to revise and publish assessments that you would like to have access to in the future. Please feel free to reach out to your TTIS with any questions.

The directions linked below, will walk you through this process.  Please feel free to reach out to your TTIS with any questions.


New School Year-New Laptops: Time to Sync Your iRespond Remotes!

As you begin the 2019-2020 school year, you will also begin preparing for formative assessments using iRespond.  This year you will need to sync your iRespond remotes to your new laptop. Click HERE to access the directions on how to sync your remotes to a new list, or view the video HERE.

It is also a great time to check your remotes as you may find that some remotes need new batteries. Batteries will be provided through Field Services.  A work order will need to be placed to get batteries unless your local school has been provided batteries by the field technician.

If you would like some tips on storing remotes for quicker access, HERE is the link to our blogpost that shared ideas and pictures from Cobb teachers and how they manage their iRespond remotes.

If you need an iRespond refresher or any support with your iRespond kit, please contact your local school TTIS.

Enhanced CTLS Assess-Widgets and Reports


Have you ever wished you could get an “at a glance” look at certain types of data without having to navigate through full reports? Now, with easy to customize widgets, you can determine what snapshots of data you would like to see on your dashboard when logging into Enhanced CTLS Assess.

Simply click the plus sign under the navigation menu on your dashboard page, title your custom widget page, and then click “add widgets” to select the ones you want.


One of the most widely celebrated enhancements to CTLS Assess is the variety and ease of navigation of reports! You now have the ability to view reports at the school, teacher, and student level, and most reports are “nested”. This means you can easily drill in for more specific results without having to click in and out of pages to see more or different data.

Click HERE to access the new Reports Guide which gives an overview of various reports that teachers can access.

Enhanced CTLS Assess-Freshly Paved Roads

For the past several years, you’ve been learning to “drive” your instruction using CTLS Assess and iRespond. We’ve been monitoring the traffic cams (AKA-your feedback!) and have gathered ideas in order to bring you an enhanced version of CTLS Assess! Newly paved roads will get you to your data more easily, bridges to allow you to bring in your already-created assessments as PDFs, and so much more!

Some of our CCSD teachers have been test driving the new model, and we wanted to highlight a few of their favorite enhancements for you.

  • Ability to upload full assessments into CTLS Assess as an external PDF.
  • Robust Item Bank, including new technology-enhanced questions (such as “drag and drop”)
  • Ability to compare more than one assessment side by side when viewing data.
  • Customizable dashboard including widgets which provide snapshots of data at a glance.

Be on the lookout for communication from your local admin and your school’s driving instructor (AKA-TTIS) regarding opportunities for support and training as you begin to navigate these improved roads!

Note: Optimal viewing for this video is Google Chrome.

Having trouble viewing in your current browser? Try Google Chrome or click HERE to view the Enhanced CTLS Assess promo video!







Using Data to Prepare for End-of-Course Testing

Accessing data in CTLS Assess allows you to plan your instruction accordingly.  There is one report, Standards Analysis Report located in the Search Widget that you might find helpful in the next few months as you prepare for EOC Testing.   The Standards Analysis Report will allow you to view school year data broken down by standards for a chosen course.  Even further, you can view school year data for individual students as well.


Once you are logged into CTLS Assess, Click on the course you would like to view.






You will now be able to view data from all the assessments in CTLS given this year






Click on the + to drill down even further by viewing individual student performance.







You can now use the Standards Analysis report to see each student and whether or not a standard has been mastered.

Using the data from Standards Analysis report allows you to quickly determine which standards you might need to spend time on when reviewing for an End of Course assessment. 









Get your TKES on with CTLS and iRespond!

Are you looking for documentation to demonstrate how you are meeting Performance Standards 5 & 6 of the Georgia Department of Education Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES)? Have you considered iRespond and CTLS Assess?  iRespond provides teachers with a tool to quickly and frequently assess for student learning.  Assessment for learning is when teachers gather, analyze, and use the assessment data to measure student progress, guide their instruction, and give students timely feedback. CTLS Assess is the tool for you to do just that. With CTLS Assess, you can analyze the data collected from assessments to measure student progress, inform your instruction, and provide timely feedback to both students and parents.

 You can use iRespond for a variety of assessment types; diagnostic, formative, and summative. One of the benefits of using iRespond to give assessments and CTLS Assess to review data from given assessments, is that they provide documentation for meeting Performance Standards 5 and 6 of the Georgia Department of Education Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES). The standards state:

Performance Standard 5: Assessment Strategies – The teacher systematically chooses a variety of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment strategies and instruments that are valid and appropriate for the content and student population.

 Performance Standard 6: Assessment Uses – The teacher systematically gathers, analyzes, and uses relevant data to measure student progress, to inform instructional content and delivery methods, and to provide timely and constructive feedback to both students & parents.

Once an assessment is given, you can go to CTLS Asses and run reports on student performance. You can use the data from the report to plan your instruction, differentiate lessons, and provide feedback to students and parents. You can attach the reports to your lesson plans for administrators to review as part of your TKES documentation.

 For more information on using iRespond or CTLS Assess, contact your TTIS.


iRespond…How Do You Manage?

Is your iRespond bag collecting dust on a shelf in between required assessments? Many teachers say their biggest frustration with using the remotes is the amount of time it takes to set them up and how often things don’t go as planned. Then there are some classrooms where grabbing an iRespond remote is as natural for students as grabbing a pencil and paper. So, how can you make use of this tool in order to gather information you need without it becoming a hassle or burden?

Chances are, you have some sort of routines and procedures established in your classroom whether you teach kindergarten or Chemistry. Those routines and procedures are what help streamline your classroom, save time, organize you and your students, and minimize unnecessary issues. Using ANY type of technology in the classroom effectively will require routines and procedures as well, and iRespond remotes are no different!

What are some creative ways colleagues have found to manage remotes in their classroom?

Some teachers have found that numbering their remotes and assigning them to specific students helps to both streamline the process of getting remotes in the hands of students, as well as helping to identify remote issues like dying batteries before it’s too late.

For storage options, a simple over the door jewelry organizer or shoe organizer works perfectly for easy access and visibility!

For classrooms with group seating, a basket for the center or end of each table/desk grouping can also put remotes right at the students’ fingertips!

You might even consider assigning a remote to each student and have them stored in or on the student’s desk/table. Some teachers have found that using Velcro helps to give the remotes a special spot for each student. Some even have students bring in a special sock that is used to store their personal remote in their desk.

Take a look at some pictures from colleagues, and let them spark your imagination of ways you can bring the iRespond remotes in as a more routine part of your classroom!

iRespond Session Properties Update

Recently, the iRespond session properties were all reset to unchecked for all teachers for ease of use.

If you need clarification on what each session property does, please access the links for the web app and the remote user guides below.  Note: When giving district assessments such as SGMs, make sure to refer to those specific directions to guide your session property selections.





Scoring Constructed Response is as Easy as 1…2…3!

One of the particularly beneficial aspects of assessing with CTLS Assess is the ability to include Constructed Response items! Students have the opportunity to see and practice test items that mirror what they will see on required testing, and teachers have the opportunity to compile meaningful data gathered from a variety of item types.

As more and more teacher-created and Touchstone assessments are including CR items, you may find yourself needing a refresher on how to score those items within CTLS Assess.

Keep in mind that you can input student scores two different ways.

  1. By individual student (which comes in handy when students have taken the assessment using the iRespond Web App, and you need to see the students’ responses on the screen).
  2. By the class roster (which is useful when you’ve already scored students’ responses on paper, and simply need to input the points awarded).

In order to input student scores, you will navigate to the Results widget, click on the score icon, and select “Rubric Score Entry”.

For detailed instructions on how to score Constructed Response items, or how to attach a rubric when creating an assessment containing a CR item, click the links below.

 Defining a rubric in Assessment Builder PDF|Video

Scoring CR items PDF|Video

Standard-Answer Analysis Grid Report

With one of the newest CTLS Assess enhancements, you now have another report option to choose from! The Standard-Answer Analysis will allow you to see, at a glance, each student’s results for all the questions on a given assessment, along with the standard being assessed by each question. 

To access the report, click on the Student Reports tab, then click on the dropdown menu and select “Standard-Answer Analysis (Excel)”. You will then generate the report the same way you have in the past.

Detailed directions for using the Results widget can be found HERE.