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.

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/InstructionalTechnology/DDI/iRespond/IRESPONDFullWebAppTeacherGuide.pdf

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/InstructionalTechnology/DDI/iRespond/IRESPONDFullRemoteTeacherGuide.pdf

 

 

 

 

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.

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!

 

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.

Save Time by Copying your Tests from a Previous Year in CTLS Assess!

Did you create assessments during a previous school year? Well, no need to reinvent the wheel! Save time by copying those tests over into the new school year. Follow the directions linked below to locate an assessment from a prior year and create a copy and/or move the assessment to the current school year and subject.

CTLS ASSESS-CopyAssessmentsFromPriorYear

 

 

Printing District Created Touchstone Assessments

When you would like to print a hard copy of a Touchstone Assessment, the best location is the Assessment and Personalized Learning site.

The Touchstone assessments are pushed out to iRespond for giving the tests; however, that is not where you should go to print them.  The Touchstone assessments are located on the Assessment and Personalized Learning page of the Intranet.  Follow the steps below to get to the Touchstone Assessments. 

  1. Go to www.cobbk12.org
  2. Under the Employees tab select Intranet
  3. Under Departments, on the left-hand side, select Assessment and Personalized Learning
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4. Select the course/grade you teach and find the corresponding Touchstone or mini-Touchstone.
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Additional ways to access the Touchstone assessments are as follows:
  • CTLS – If you are working in CTLS, you can also access the Touchstone Assessments on the Web Links tab underneath “For Teachers” located on the dashboard.

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