Save Time by Copying your Tests from a Previous Year in CTLS Assess!

Did you create assessments during a previous school year? Well, no need to reinvent the wheel! Save time by copying those tests over into the new school year. Follow the directions linked 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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New Look, New Name, New Features!

Welcome to a new school year with CTLS Assess!

We are excited to announce that the CTLS Student Performance Tool (SPT) and CTLS Phase 2 will now be known simply as CTLS Assess and CTLS Teach.




Within CTLS Assess there are many new and exciting features! First, you will notice that the dashboard has a fresh new look with user friendly widgets that can be personalized to quickly locate your assessment tools.





Within Item Builder, you will discover three new item types: Multi-Select, Constructed Response, and Extended Constructed Response. Your local TTIS will provide training this year on how to create these items, use them on assessments, and score them to view the data.





Another new enhancement is the ability to customize the weighting or point values for questions in Assessment Builder.





There are also new filter options when searching for data results. These filters include the ability to search data by course, term, type, and completed, active or pending tests. You can also customize the data results to show in order from date up/down and by name.




Under the “Help” link in the top right corner you will notice that you have quick access to assessment and support resources. In this section, you will find video tutorials and step-by-step documents for all aspects of CTLS Assess. This menu also contains Frequently Asked Questions and an option to submit Enhancements Requests.

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Lastly, administrators can now create “Teams” of teachers or PLCs to facilitate data sharing and analysis among the team members.

If you need additional support please contact your local school TTIS.  We wish you a great new school year with CTLS Assess!

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
  2. Under the Employees tab select Intranet
  3. Under Departments, on the left-hand side, select Assessment and Personalized Learning
4. Select the course/grade you teach and find the corresponding Touchstone or mini-Touchstone.
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.












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.


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”



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.”


4. Click “Find all Passage Questions.”


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


*  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.
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.
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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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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Viewing Historical Data on New Students

Wondering how to view data on a student who just transferred into your class from another CCSD school? Hoping to view data on your new class in the Fall so you can immediately address the needs of your students?  The document below will provide two options to view historical data on students that were previously in other CCSD classrooms.

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Administrator Student and Teacher Search

We recently published a post about an enhancement where administrators could perform data inquiries on specific students without going through the process of assuming teacher roles and finding the correct class. A new addition now makes it possible for administrators to perform data inquiry searches by teacher name or badge ID.  Click on the link below for directions.


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