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.

Now Showing: All Constructed and Extended Response Scores in Questions Tab

CTLS has a great new enhancement that will make reviewing Constructed and Extended Response scores even easier!  When you are analyzing data using the Questions tab, you can still review Constructed Response (CR) and Extended Constructed Response (XCR) questions and see how students scored ranging from 0-5+.  Previously, when CR and XCR results were reviewed with the checkbox, teachers could only see X’s for student scores with no breakdown of individual scores higher than 5.  Now, when you click the checkbox to view individual student CR and XCR results, you can now see the exact number of points each student earned for the question!  This makes easy to see which students demonstrate proficiency and which students need additional support.

 

Constructed Response Assessments – 2 NEW Enhancements!

Scoring constructed response questions in CTLS Assess has just gotten a little easier with 2 new enhancements!

Now, teachers can close an assessment in Rubric View from the class roster.  Remember, scores will not post to Synergy until the assessment is closed.  When you have entered and saved your rubric scores individually, click on the class, and you should see a list of all students and their scores for confirmation.  Remember, you can change the way your class is listed by clicking Class Schedule, Period, or Teacher.Click Save score (s) and then you can click on Close Test for This Class

If you close an assessment before entering in all of the student rubric scores, or need to make a correction to a score, you can now REOPEN an assessment with constructed response questions.  In the Results Widget, click on the score icon.  From the list of Options, select Reopen Test for ALL Classes.  

Your assessment will now appear at the top of your Digital Assessments list.  Click on the score icon and choose Rubric Score Entry.

 

CTLS Assess Data & Testing Groups

CTLS Assess has tools that administrators can use to make gathering and analyzing data even easier for teachers. 

Teacher Teams can be set up by school administrators to group teachers into professional learning communities, multiple subject areas or grade levels, or even those teachers who share the same students.  It can quickly and easily encourage collaboration in your school-with just a few clicks.

When administrators need to give teachers access to student data outside the normal schedule, the administrator can create a custom group.  This is a super tool that allows teachers scheduled for supplementary student courses or after school tutor groups to better serve students because they can instantly see strengths and weaknesses.

Finally, an entirely different function in CTLS Assess allows administrators to create special testing groups.  This is helpful when there is a need for a proctor (someone other than the teacher scheduled for that course) to give an assessment.  When students are divided into groups in Test Group Builder, a proctor is able to give an assessment, and the data is sent to the scheduled teacher of record.  

Click HERE to access the document below and link to directions on building these teams/groups.

 

Export CTLS Reports to Excel

You’ve been asking for it…and it is finally here!  CTLS Assess now has an option to export your reports in the Results Widget to Excel. Simply select the report you would like from the Results Widget under Performance Analysis and click on the Excel Export button. You can also choose to export to a PDF.

Use Excel to track, sort, and analyze CTLS Assess data!  Both tools work hand-in-hand to streamline the data analysis process in your classroom. What a great way to work with data for data teams or RTI!

 

Comparing Results

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.

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.

 

NEW DASHBOARD

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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.

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MORE QUESTION TYPES

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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.

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QUESTION WEIGHTING

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Another new enhancement is the ability to customize the weighting or point values for questions in Assessment Builder.

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DATA FILTERING OPTIONS

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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.

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SUPPORT

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!