New Font Choices for Printing

The latest CTLS enhancement gives you yet another choice!  Now, users can select a font when creating assessments for printing in Microsoft Word.  Times New Roman and Calibri are the available fonts.  Regardless of the font selected, users may still make additional font and spacing changes after your assessment is generated in Microsoft Word.  Try printing your CTLS Assessments with the most legible font for your students today!

Now Showing: All Constructed and Extended Response Scores in Questions Tab

CTLS has a great new enhancement that will make reviewing Constructed and Extended Response scores even easier!  When you are analyzing data using the Questions tab, you can still review Constructed Response (CR) and Extended Constructed Response (XCR) questions and see how students scored ranging from 0-5+.  Previously, when CR and XCR results were reviewed with the checkbox, teachers could only see X’s for student scores with no breakdown of individual scores higher than 5.  Now, when you click the checkbox to view individual student CR and XCR results, you can now see the exact number of points each student earned for the question!  This makes easy to see which students demonstrate proficiency and which students need additional support.

 

What Could You Find if Only You Searched?

Have you tried using the CTLS Assess Search Widget? It is one of the most powerful tools available, especially when reviewing student data to plan next instructional steps in PLCs! Click on any of your classes in the Search widget to view all assessment results in a subject area. You can view any assessment type (local school, district) from the View dropdown menu. Then, choose your subject from the dropdown menu. Finally, click the plus next to the assessment you want to review and see all student results in one place where it is easy to move between assessments!

You can also expand your class rosters and choose a student’s name to see individual data. Click the Performance tab, select Local School Test (or any test type) and then the Subject. This time, when you click the plus next to the assessment name, you’ll see a customized strengths and weaknesses report for each standard assessed for the selected student. Both of these resources can easily help you analyze student progress and also involve students and parents in the process!

 

NEW! Frequently Asked Questions Page

Have you ever been using CTLS Assess and had a question that needed an immediate answer?  Now there is new feature that will help – a Frequently Asked Questions page!  You can access the FAQ page by clicking HELP in the upper right corner of the CTLS Assess home screen. 

The FAQ page is divided into sections by widget so it is easy to find information.  You might be looking for why some student scores might be missing in the Results widget, or how questions are edited in Item Builder.  Just look under the appropriate widget to find the answers to your questions! Click HERE to access the CTLS Assess FAQ page.  

Additional Search Filters in Assessment Builder

When adding items to an assessment in CTLS Assess, you now have the ability to filter the items by question type!

Once you have selected the source of your items, you will then see the option to filter by DOK, Creator, Item Type, or Text.  Filtering by Item Type makes it easy to locate Constructed Response items that are already available in CTLS Assess.

Constructed Response Assessments – 2 NEW Enhancements!

Scoring constructed response questions in CTLS Assess has just gotten a little easier with 2 new enhancements!

Now, teachers can close an assessment in Rubric View from the class roster.  Remember, scores will not post to Synergy until the assessment is closed.  When you have entered and saved your rubric scores individually, click on the class, and you should see a list of all students and their scores for confirmation.  Remember, you can change the way your class is listed by clicking Class Schedule, Period, or Teacher.Click Save score (s) and then you can click on Close Test for This Class

If you close an assessment before entering in all of the student rubric scores, or need to make a correction to a score, you can now REOPEN an assessment with constructed response questions.  In the Results Widget, click on the score icon.  From the list of Options, select Reopen Test for ALL Classes.  

Your assessment will now appear at the top of your Digital Assessments list.  Click on the score icon and choose Rubric Score Entry.

 

CTLS Assess Data & Testing Groups

CTLS Assess has tools that administrators can use to make gathering and analyzing data even easier for teachers. 

Teacher Teams can be set up by school administrators to group teachers into professional learning communities, multiple subject areas or grade levels, or even those teachers who share the same students.  It can quickly and easily encourage collaboration in your school-with just a few clicks.

When administrators need to give teachers access to student data outside the normal schedule, the administrator can create a custom group.  This is a super tool that allows teachers scheduled for supplementary student courses or after school tutor groups to better serve students because they can instantly see strengths and weaknesses.

Finally, an entirely different function in CTLS Assess allows administrators to create special testing groups.  This is helpful when there is a need for a proctor (someone other than the teacher scheduled for that course) to give an assessment.  When students are divided into groups in Test Group Builder, a proctor is able to give an assessment, and the data is sent to the scheduled teacher of record.  

Click HERE to access the document below and link to directions on building these teams/groups.

 

Export CTLS Reports to Excel

You’ve been asking for it…and it is finally here!  CTLS Assess now has an option to export your reports in the Results Widget to Excel. Simply select the report you would like from the Results Widget under Performance Analysis and click on the Excel Export button. You can also choose to export to a PDF.

Use Excel to track, sort, and analyze CTLS Assess data!  Both tools work hand-in-hand to streamline the data analysis process in your classroom. What a great way to work with data for data teams or RTI!

 

Additional Languages Can Be Added to your Windows 10 Keyboard

Do you teach a foreign language? Are you looking for a special character that isn’t available on the English Keyboard? If you would like the ability to type special characters and letters, changing the configuration of your Windows 10 keyboard can help.

There are two ways to quickly get to your keyboard language settings: search for “Region & language settings” in your Windows 10 search bar, or select the Keyboard Icon on the lower right side of your taskbar.

Click on the on the plus sign within the Region & Language menu to add additional languages to your keyboard. There are over 60 languages available!

Once you’ve added new languages, you can toggle between different keyboards by selecting ENG from your taskbar.

Within the Region & Language Settings menu, you can also change your default language and remove languages you’ve previously added.

For a step by step guide to adding additional languages to your keyboard, use the links below.

Click here to access the VIDEO.

Click here to access the PDF.