Attn: Elementary ELA & Reading Teachers

From the Assessment and Personalized Learning Department

Elementary Teachers ELA & Reading Teachers, Please take note of the update below.

All ELA Touchstone assessments will appear in E CTLS Assess and iRespond for teachers scheduled to teach ELA only.  Elementary ELA teachers will be able to locate the test in their E CTLS Assess test manager or on their iRespond dashboard and will be able to proctor it to ELA classes only.

All Early Literacy Cycle Assessments will appear in E CTLS Assess and iRespond for teachers schedule to teach Reading only.  Elementary Reading teachers that are part of the Literacy Framework and administer the cycle assessments will have access to proctor these tests to their reading classes only.

Note: This update will take affect starting tomorrow, November 14th.

NEW INFORMATION (11/18/19) – Any Elementary teachers that are scheduled to teach reading only and need access to the ELA Touchstones can submit a work order via Help Desk Assistant on your computer, or contact Customer Care by calling 770-426-3330.  You MUST include your full Reading Course numbers in the work order so they know where to send the tests.  Contact your TTIS for assistance with this.

New Options for Assessment Administration Window

You now are able to set the administration window of an assessment (the window of time the assessment is available to proctor) to either be “Open”, “Closed”, or to set a “Custom Date Range”. An assessment marked “Open” will remain available to proctor at any time, unless the proctor changes the setting. An assessment marked “Closed” will remain unavailable until otherwise selected. Any assessment with a custom date range will be open and available for proctoring anytime within the selected window.  If the administration window has passed, the proctor can change the date setting so the assessment again becomes available to the proctor for administration.

Tag and Search Items by Language

Searching for items based on language just got a lot easier! You can now include the language of the item in the tags. Simply use the drop-down for “Language” and click on the language you are using. If it is not there, you can type it in and it will remain there for future items. Once saved, that item can now be searched for and grouped by language!

Printing Enhanced CTLS Assess Reports – Best Practices

A best practice when printing reports is to print with the “Fit” or “Fit to Page” option selected. This is because the web pages are designed to be oversized for optimal viewing on the computer screen, but when printed this results in portions of the report being cut off. Choosing the suggested settings will ensure your reports will print as desired.

Please feel free to contact your local school TTIS for any additional training or support.

Bulk Printing Availble for Student Reports

Teachers can now print Student Reports by classes using the Bulk Print option in Enhanced CTLS. When you click on the icon, select the Assessment and then the class(es), or rosters of students to print a batch of student level reports.  This is an easy way to generate a PDF student level report for all students who took that test or filter by classes and print just those specific classes (rosters).

Please feel free to contact your local school TTIS for any additional training or support.

School Administrator User Roles – Creating and Sharing Assessments

Users with a School Admin role in Enhanced CTLS Assess have two options when targeting an assessment they have created for use by teachers.

Option 1 – The user can create the assessment as themselves. When it is time to target the assessment (under the Publish tab), select the grade level, content area and school you wish to send the test to. Be sure to leave the course dropdown blank.Option 2 – The user can impersonate a CCC lead teacher (or another appropriate teacher) and create the assessment under their user profile. Once the assessment is created, saved, and locked, click on the publish tab and then click the “Share Assessment” button. This will put the assessment in a shared test bank, where each teacher who needs the test can then find it and publish it to their own students (including the teacher you impersonated).

Please feel free to contact your local school TTIS for any additional training or support.

Multiple Choice Multiple Select Items

Users can create multiple choice, multiple select questions in E CTLS Assess. Creating multiple select questions is a great way to prepare students for the Georgia Milestone. These can be new items you are creating that have more than 1 correct answer, or external assessments you are uploading that have multiple select questions on the PDF.

The scoring for the multiple select questions mimics the grading for the multi-select questions you would find on the Georgia Milestone set by the GA DOE.

Items with 3 Correct Bubbles

  • 3 correct bubbles selected and ONLY 3 bubbles selected = 2 points
  • 3 correct bubbles selected and 1 incorrect bubble selected = 1 point
  • 2 correct bubbles selected and 1 incorrect bubble selected = 1 point
  • 2 correct bubbles and 0 incorrect bubbles selected = 1 point
  • Anything else receives no credit

Items with 2 Correct Bubbles

  • 2 correct bubbles selected and ONLY 2 bubbles selected = 2 points
  • 2 correct bubbles selected and 1 incorrect bubble selected = 1 point
  • 1 correct bubble selected and 1 incorrect bubble selected = 1 point
  • 1 correct bubble selected and 0 incorrect bubbles selected = 1 point
  • Anything else receives no credit

Note:  Make sure to always choose MORE than 1 correct answer when creating multiple select questions.  Single answer items should be created as Multiple Choice Single Select.  Please make sure to only proctor assessments with multiple select items on them using the Enhanced CTLS Assess Student portal.  Do not use iRespond remotes or Webapp.

Try out multi-select questions with your students today!  Reach out to your TTIS with any questions or if support is needed.

News from the Assessment & Personalized Learning Dept.

As printed in the Cobb Academic Division Newsletter on October 28, 2019:

As a reminder, all schools are expected to have completed the 5 training modules for eCTLS Assess by the end of December 2019. It is important for all teachers to attend these training modules. As the training modules are completed, teachers should transition to utilizing eCTLS as access to the Legacy version of CTLS Assess will diminish beginning January 2020. This transition to eCTLS Assess will not impact teachers’ continued ability to utilize the iRespond remotes.
If you have any questions, please contact the Assessment Office at 770-426-3409 or your school’s TTIS.

NEW Widgets – Quick Access to Data!

We love when we have shortcuts that makes things easier for us – just one click!   Enhanced CTLS has some new widgets that makes navigating easier. These new widgets are available to teachers on the main Dashboard page, under the new Homepage Tab.

Some of the best teacher-level reports are available one-click away in the Test Results Widget. You can filter your assessments by Grade, Content Area, Bank, Type, Term and Start. The date pictured is the last date the assessment was administered. Click on the blue graph icon to access teacher-level reports.

The Student Results Widget will allow you to see almost a gradebook-like look at your assessments. When you click on a student’s score, a Student Level Assessment Summary Report. You can select a Date Range, how you would like your date reported (score, points achieved, +/-, and also duration on test), and also select who to compare your assessment with (teacher, school, or district).

The Scoring Required Widget will list all assessments that have a Constructed Response item to score. Click on the blue rubric scoring icon and it will take you right to the Rubric Scoring page for that particular assessment.

The Shortcut Widget gives you one-click access to many elements of Enhanced CTLS, such as Creating an Assessment, Test Manager, and Incited Analytics.

Please feel free to contact your local school TTIS for any additional training or support.

 

Sharing Assessments With Your CCC and Other Schools

The wait to be able to share assessments across schools is over! You can now create an assessment and share it so that other teachers in your building, or in other schools, can use the assessment with their own students.

To locate shared assessments, click on Assessments–>Search.  On the left, select Shared and click Search.  Click HERE for detailed step- by-step instructions for publishing and sharing assessments.