Copying Teacher-Created Questions is Now Available!

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.

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.

Teacher Groups

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!

Math Type Now Available in CTLS for Middle/High School Teachers

Attention Middle School & High School Math Teachers

math-typeMiddle 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:

  1. How to use MathType within Item BuilderFor those already familiar with MathType and simply need to use it with CTLS Item Builder
  2. 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
  3. How to use MathType in general – For those who are not already familiar with MathType

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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.

Search for Questions by Badge ID

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.

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Deleting Questions in Item Builder

When there are questions that have been created in Item Builder, previously they could not be deleted if the questions were tied to any test.  Now, if a question has been tied to a test that is NOT published, it CAN be deleted.  When deleting questions, it will now look at active CCSD tests when determining if a question is eligible for deletion. The question will be removed and not usable or viewable in Item Builder or Test Builder.


Item Preview Enhancement

A new piece of information has been added to the Item Preview pane in Item Builder. A notation in the top left under the Question ID indicates how many times the question has been selected for inclusion on a test. This may help teachers gauge the quality of the item based on the number of times it has been used.


Copyright/Local School Flag in Item Builder

When creating questions in Item Builder, the copyright flag has now been expanded to include not only the indication of a copyrighted item, but will also serve as a blocking mechanism for local school questions. This flag will continue to function as before, but for school-level questions, the flag will now act as a method to keep other schools from using (or seeing) an item. This will allow local school items to be restricted to the school that purchased them, as well as stopping other schools from using their questions if they don’t want to share them. Just click on the checkbox prior to saving. The blocking takes effect in both the Item Builder and Test Builder.


Question ID Number Search

Previously when searching for teacher created items in Item Builder, school-level items were not viewable when searching by question ID number.  Teachers could only search and view district-level items.  The search by question ID has now been adjusted to allow searching for school-level items.  Any question can now be searched for.  Teachers still CAN NOT search for questions that are blocked.  Some examples may be SLO questions or questions created at local schools that have the copyright/local school flag marked when a question was created.