In CTLS Assess, teachers can use the Compare Tab to view data on two different assessments that share at least one common standard. You can see in the example below, the Unit 4 Pre- and Post-tests assessed two common standards. Your questions on the assessments do not have to be identical because the data is derived from the standards.
Once you click on the Dtl for a standard, you can view comparison data on each student. Data found under the Compare Tab is not only useful for instructional groups, but also RTI and parent-teacher conferences.
Click on this link for a brief instructional video on using the Compare Tab in CTLS Assess.
Do you have concerns about students using internet resources to locate answers when running an iRespond Web App student-paced session? Well these options might be for you!
When selecting session properties on the iRespond teacher dashboard, there are a few options to help with this issue.
Log user out if App is not visible: If selected, students will automatically be logged out of the test if they are viewing anything other than the test itself. Teachers receive a notification on the dashboard when this occurs. Note: Students are able to log back in unless Limit users to a single login is also selected.
Limit users to a single login: If selected, this will only allow students to login 1 time. If they lose connectivity or logout, they will not be able to log back in without teachers granting access by right clicking on the student name on the teacher dashboard to enable login.
Randomize Items: Select this feature if you would like items to be randomized for each student so they are each on a different question when testing.
To locate and print a hard copy of a Touchstone Assessment, you will access the tests by using the Resources widget in CTLS Assess.
While the Touchstone Assessments are pushed out to iRespond for administering the tests, CTLS Assess is where you should go to print the PDF of the Touchstone assessments. Follow the steps below to open and print Touchstone Assessments from CTLS Assess.
- Go to www.cobbk12.org
- Under the Employees tab, select CTLS ASSESS
- From the dashboard, locate the Resources widget. Using the “plus sign” to the left of each Touchstone folder, select the level (Elementary, Middle, High) you are looking for.
- Continue using the plus sign buttons to drill down by subject area, grade level, and quarter, and then select the assessment you wish to print.
- Click on the name of the assessment to open a PDF document and you can print as you normally would.
Creating a customized assessment is quick and easy. You can put Touchstone questions from related standards together, use the additional questions, or even add your own questions.
To do this, access the Touchstone Blueprints in the Resources widget to determine which Touchstone questions you would like to embed in your assessment. Then, navigate to the Assessment Builder widget to begin creating your assessment. Enter the question IDs for the Touchstone questions and any other questions you would like to use on this assessment. Review and Publish your assessment as you normally would do.
Find just how flexible CTLS Assess can be for formative assessment by creating a custom assessment today! Contact your TTIS for support.
Remember, Touchstone questions can only be used 1 time by a teacher (District Created Touchstone or embedded within a teacher created assessment).
Have you seen a question in CTLS Assess from another teacher that you wanted to use in your class, but needed to make a few changes? Well you can now copy that question and save it as your own. Now that the question is yours, you can edit the question and answer choices. You can only copy and edit questions from another teacher, you cannot copy and edit district-level questions, such as Touchstone questions or vendor questions. Just look for the teacher-created icon!
To Copy a Teacher-Created question, right click on the question you want to copy, then choose Copy Question. Make changes to the question and answer choices, then click Save Question.
Attention Middle School & High School Math Teachers
Middle School and High School math teachers, are you tired of snipping every question and answer in CTLS Item Builder because of the lack of math symbols? Have you ever wished that you could use MathType instead? Great news for the New Year! MathType in CTLS Item Builder is now available! If you have MathType on your computer, you can now use it from directly within Item Builder. If you are a middle or high school math teacher and do not have MathType on your computer, you can put in a work order to have it pushed to your teacher laptop.
The Following are 3 helpful videos:
- How to use MathType within Item Builder – For those already familiar with MathType and simply need to use it with CTLS Item Builder
- How to copy MathType equations from a document that is already created – For those with pre-existing assessments in Word that have MathType equations in them
- How to use MathType in general – For those who are not already familiar with MathType
The Following are MathType PDF Directions:
How To Use MathType
MathType in Item Builder
Need more help with using MathType? Please contact your TTIS for more assistance.
Recently you may have noticed some minor changes to the printing tab in Test Management. Now you will find a checkbox to print the assessment including the questions, answers and standard alignment for each question. To do this, click the checkbox and then click “Print Test Document”. This is a great option as a final check of your assessment including answers and alignment prior to Publishing.
For those who would just like the answer key to an assessment, there is now an option to print an Answer Key only. To print an Answer Key only, click on “Answer Key” at the bottom right. This will give you an answer key similar to the one below.
In addition, If you would like to work with the assessment without the tables and other formatting that is in place, you can also choose “Preview and Print Test” option to open the assessment in a new browser tab. Copy and paste the assessment into a new MS Word document so you can edit and customize as needed.
Want to create a test with questions from a different grade level? Well, now we can in CTLS Test Management! For example, you may want to create a pre-assessment in math at the beginning of the year that contains items from more than one grade level to get baseline data.
Now when you create assessments, you can select from other grade level standards and elements. Check out the step-by-step directions for this exciting new enhancement.
A new search feature has been added to CTLS test setup process to allow searching for questions based on your CTLS User ID (badge number). In other words, you can search for questions that you have personally created. This can provide a quick mechanism to retrieve items that you have created in the Item Builder program that you want to immediately turn around and add to a test.
CTLS-Test Setup Questions Search by Author
Secondary teachers now have access to the “My Students” tab on the home page dashboard. This will give Secondary teachers access to “drill down” into their roster to access student data (current and historical).