Items Created With Equation Editor

Assessments that contain items that were created using the equation editor in Enhanced CTLS Assess, must be administered using the new Enhanced CTLS Assess student testing portal. When these assessments are opened in iRespond, no questions display and the teacher is unable to administer the test. The reason is that iRespond cannot read the HTML markup produced by the equation editor.  Teachers should consider these questions as Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs) that must be used on assessments that will not be administered using iRespond remotes. Please administer assessments with these items using Enhanced CTLS Assess.  

New School Year-New Laptops: Time to Sync Your iRespond Remotes!

As you begin the 2019-2020 school year, you will also begin preparing for formative assessments using iRespond.  This year you will need to sync your iRespond remotes to your new laptop. Click HERE to access the directions on how to sync your remotes to a new list, or view the video HERE.

It is also a great time to check your remotes as you may find that some remotes 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.

If you would like some tips on storing remotes for quicker access, HERE is the link to our blogpost that shared ideas and pictures from Cobb teachers and how they manage their iRespond remotes.

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

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.





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.


iRespond Web App Session Properties to Limit Student Access to the Internet While Testing

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.

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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