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.

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/InstructionalTechnology/DDI/iRespond/IRESPONDFullWebAppTeacherGuide.pdf

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/InstructionalTechnology/DDI/iRespond/IRESPONDFullRemoteTeacherGuide.pdf

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Multi-Select questions are now supported in CTLS Assess!

You can now create multi-select questions in CTLS Assess. Creating multi-select questions is a great way to prepare students for the Georgia Milestone. The grading for the multi-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

Go ahead and try out multi-select questions with your students!

Click HERE to access the Multi-Select Scoring and Analyzing Scores document.

Touchstone Assessments and Blueprints 2018-2019

Now that the 2018-2019 school year is underway, it is important that teachers take a moment to locate and review the Touchstone assessments and Blueprints in CTLS Assess.  The assessments and blueprints were revised over the summer by teams of teachers alongside the Assessment and Personalized Learning department.

After accessing CTLS Assess, locate the Resources widget and drill down into the correct folders for your level, subject/course, etc.  There you will find the current assessments and blueprints as PDF documents for you to review changes and additions as well as to print as needed.

You will notice the addition of constructed response items on some Touchstone assessments. For assistance with entering constructed response scores, click HERE for directions or contact your local school TTIS for support.

If you need additional support with CTLS Assess or iRespond, please contact your local school TTIS.  If you have questions specific to the Touchstone assessments or blueprints, have your local school CTLS Assess contact reach out to the Assessment Supervisor for your local school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting a New School Year with iRespond

As you begin a new school year, you will also begin preparing for formative assessments using iRespond.  If you are using the same iRespond remote kit and teacher laptop as last year, you may not need to re-sync your remotes. However, it is highly recommended that you test your kit before you use your remotes with students for an assessment.  In some cases, a fresh remote list will be necessary.  Click HERE to access the directions on how to sync (collect) your remotes to a new list.

In addition, you may find that you have some remotes that 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.

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

 

Save Some Time! Move and Customize Your Assessments from Last Year!

Save time in CTLS Assess by copying and moving prior year’s tests!  Follow the directions linked below to locate an assessment from a prior year.  This is the time to make any revisions or corrections to the assessment before you publish for the 2018-2019 school year!  

Click HERE for directions.  Reach out to your TTIS if you have questions or need support.

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!