CTLS Assess Scores in Synergy Gradebook

Wondering when your scores will appear in Synergy gradebook?  Once an assessment is “Finished” in ECTLS Assess (either by the student or by the teacher on behalf of the student) the scores will roll over into Synergy and will be available in Synergy gradebook for applicable grade levels. This transfer takes place five times a day, currently at the following times:

6:10 AM
10:21 AM
1:21 PM
4:21 PM
5:01 PM 

Scores will roll in with a default “CTLS Assessment” category and will be hidden from parents. The teacher will need to either manually adjust the assignment, or if not needed, delete it.  Click Here for directions on editing in your assignment in Synergy gradebook. 

It’s important to note that data only comes from ECTLS Assess into Synergy one time. So, if an assessment is re-administered the scores will update in ECTLS Assess automatically but will need to be manually changed in  Synergy gradebook.  

Note:  SGM Pre-test scores will NOT import into Synergy gradebook.

 

Teacher Feedback on Constructed Response Items – Available February 3rd

Teachers now have the option to provide feedback to students when scoring constructed response items on the rubric in Matrix view. This new feature gives teachers the ability to provide timely feedback that students can easily access in the Enhanced CTLS Assess student portal (CTLS Assessment icon on CCSD devices).

Once the assessment that needs scoring is located, the teacher can access the Add/View Feedback button from the Matrix view and easily provide feedback for each constructed response item.

Click here for directions on providing feedback and how students access the feedback.

Contact your local school TTIS for support.

Assessment Sharing Updated for Teachers – Available February 3rd

When teachers create and share an assessment, new sharing options are available to choose from. This will allow teachers to share with their local school and teacher group (if they have been added to one).

After creating, and locking the assessment, the teacher will click on the publish tab. The teacher should now see the Share Assessment button located on the right-side. Click Share Assessment and a pop-up screen will appear with new sharing options.

The user can select one or more options that are available to them. Options that are not available will be grayed out. Once the options are selected, click the Share button and the assessment will be shared with other users that were selected.

After the assessment is shared, users will be able to search for the assessment and filter by Shared from the drop-down menu search page.

For more information, please contact your local school TTIS.

 

Assessment Collaboration with Users at Other Schools – Available February 3rd

When authors are creating assessments, they can now add users from other schools. Previously, they could only add users from their own school. This will allow teachers to collaborate on an assessment (edit) and/or get a copy of the assessment to proctor with their own class(es).

To give users edit or copy rights, search for the assessment and click on the assessment settings tab. Navigate to the Permissions section and click Edit in the Users section.

Search for the teacher(s) you would like to give copy or edit rights to and click Save. Make sure to select Edit, which gives the user access to edit and copy your test, or Copy, which allows them to create a copy of your test with a unique test ID.

Note: Simultaneous editing (2 people in the test at the same time) will cause the last person’s work to save, but not the person who saved prior. It is important not to have more than 1 person editing the assessment at a time.

 For more information or support with this feature, contact your local school TTIS.

NEW Answer Key Printing Option – Available February 3rd

A second answer key option has been added based on teacher request. The Print Answer Key option allows users to print an answer key that includes the assessment questions and has answers highlighted in yellow. The items also include the standard and DOK level.

One way users can locate assessments to print answer keys is in test manager.

A second way to print an answer key is to navigate to the Assessments–>Search and click on the title of the test. Next, navigate to Administer tab and select Print Assessment–>Print Answer Key. This option works with local school assessments only.

For support or more information, please contact your local TTIS.

Great Things Are Coming to Enhanced CTLS Assess!

New features are coming to your Enhanced CTLS Assess dashboard on Monday, February 3rd thanks to the feedback from CCSD teachers and leaders. 

These exciting new features include:

  • Teachers will have the ability to add student feedback to individual constructed response questions.  Students will be able to login and view the feedback using the CTLS Assess student portal.
  •  Teachers will be able to add users from other schools to their assessment so they are able to more effectively collaborate.  This will allow them to edit and/or copy the assessment.
  •  When proctoring an assessment, users will see a drop-down menu to filter classes by term (quarter/semester/year).  This will streamline the process of selecting classes/rosters when proctoring and scoring rubrics.
  • A second option has been added that will allows users to print an answer key that includes the questions and highlighted answers.  The items also include the standard and DOK level.
  •  Assessment sharing will be updated so teachers can share with their local school or teacher group.
  •  Local school administrators will be able to create teacher groups which will allow members of the group to share assessments and view data by teacher group.
  •  Assessments that contain items with external links will automatically disable the test locking feature for that assessment.
  • District Administrators and School Administrators will now have a new Incite Usage Metrics report.

Contact your local school TTIS for support with these new updates that will be available on your dashboard on Monday, February 3rd.

Locating Touchstone Blueprints in Enhanced CTLS Assess

Directions for locating the Touchstone Blueprints in Enhanced CTLS are linked below.  The Touchstone Blueprints include helpful information such as a summary of standards, Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) for each question.  You will also find a question ID for each item on the blueprint.  The question ID will assist you in building their own assessment using the Touchstone questions.   

Click HERE to access PDF directions.

NEW Accessibility Tools Available in Student Testing Portal

New testing tools are now available for students to use while completing online assessments. In addition to the read aloud testing tool, a line reader and color contrast option have now been added to Enhanced CTLS Assess for student use. These new tools are designed so that all users can gain access to the content with the needed support.

Line Reader

The line reader tool allows students to highlight a single line of text (or more) to help the student focus while reading. This type of tool is a common accommodation provided to students by teachers and can now be enabled for students from the proctor page after the test has been enabled.

Once enabled from the Testing tools tab, students will see it appear on their toolbar and can click on the icon to turn it on. Notice that the right bottom corner of the line reader has a caret. Students can click and drag the line reader so that it encompasses more lines of text. Students can disable the line reader at any time by clicking on the red line reader icon.

Color Contrast

The color contrast tool allows students to adjust the color of the background and text to better view the information. Students can choose from different color combinations that alter the background color and font color. Once enabled from the Testing tools tab, students will see it appear on their toolbar. When the student hovers over the Color Contrast icon, a drop-down appears that allows them to select the desired color combination.

Students can disable the line reader at any time by hovering over the icon and then selecting the default of Black on White.

Click HERE for a brief video highlighting these two new options in the Enhanced CTLS Assess Student Portal.

 

 

Moving Unused Questions to Enhanced CTLS

You may have created questions in Legacy CTLS Assess that you have not added to an assessment. These unused questions will not appear in Enhanced CTLS Assess until they are added to an assessment and published in Legacy CTLS Assess. Below are the instructions that will walk you through creating one generic assessment, adding all the questions you have created, and then publishing this assessment. Once the steps are completed, you will see the questions in Enhanced CTLS for future use.

Click HERE for Instructions for moving unused questions to E CTLS Assess.