Have you been wondering where to locate Touchstone assessments so you can print and use them with your iRespond remotes? You can now find assessments that are already targeted and ready to administer in Test Manager. Once the assessment is located in Test Manager, you have easy access to an icon for printing.
Click HERE to access directions.
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 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.
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.
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.
From the Assessment and Personalized Learning Department:
As we continue our transition to Enhanced CTLS Assess, it is our priority to effectively support any performance issues that arise. If a student experiences an issue that prevents successful completion of an assessment, such as test pausing, please contact the Customer Care Center during the support incident at 770-426-3330.
When enabled for an assessment, Test Locking will lock students out of an assessment if they leave the testing window for 15 seconds. For example, if a student opens a new tab in the internet browser, or another program, they will receive a warning message and possibly be locked out.
Students will receive a 15 second warning before being locked out of an assessment. Students will see a countdown appear on their screen. Students should click Continue on the warning pop-up to return to the assessment.
After the 15 seconds, if students have not returned to the assessment, they will be locked out. The teacher will have Continue the assessment from the teacher dashboard.
Enhanced CTLS allows teachers to set locking preferences for certain assessments under the Settings tab. You can activate or deactivate test locking on local-school created assessments.
Incite Analytics is a powerful reporting tool that allows users to easily select and compare multiple assessment and then apply filters to view the data from many different perspectives. However, a new update to Incite Analytics allows users to drill the data on selected assessments down to standards assessed.
Once you have selected the assessment(s) you would like to view data on in Incite Analytics, click on the View By drop-down menu. Select Standards. Your data for the selected assessments is now broken down by standards. Hover over on cell with the standard listed and you will get the full standard description.
You can continue to drill down the data to a student level and apply filters as you would if you were viewing the data by assessments.
Please contact your local TTIS if you have any questions about the different ways to analyze data in Enhanced CTLS Assess.
Monitoring your students’ progress during an Item Bank assessment just got easier with Enhanced CTLS Assess. While proctoring an item bank assessment, select the Data Grid view. The cell highlighted in yellow indicates the question the student is currently working on. As the students’ progress through the assessment, the yellow highlighted cell will move to the next question. Note: The example below is an assessment that has the questions randomized.
This feature allows teachers to actively monitor student pace, see who may need assistance, and view their accuracy while the assessment is in progress.
From the Assessment and Personalized Learning Department
Elementary Teachers ELA & Reading Teachers, Please take note of the update below.
All ELA Touchstone assessments will appear in E CTLS Assess and iRespond for teachers scheduled to teach ELA only. Elementary ELA teachers will be able to locate the test in their E CTLS Assess test manager or on their iRespond dashboard and will be able to proctor it to ELA classes only.
All Early Literacy Cycle Assessments will appear in E CTLS Assess and iRespond for teachers schedule to teach Reading only. Elementary Reading teachers that are part of the Literacy Framework and administer the cycle assessments will have access to proctor these tests to their reading classes only.
Note: This update will take affect starting tomorrow, November 14th.
NEW INFORMATION (11/18/19) – Any Elementary teachers that are scheduled to teach reading only and need access to the ELA Touchstones can submit a work order via Help Desk Assistant on your computer, or contact Customer Care by calling 770-426-3330. You MUST include your full Reading Course numbers in the work order so they know where to send the tests. Contact your TTIS for assistance with this.
You now are able to set the administration window of an assessment (the window of time the assessment is available to proctor) to either be “Open”, “Closed”, or to set a “Custom Date Range”. An assessment marked “Open” will remain available to proctor at any time, unless the proctor changes the setting. An assessment marked “Closed” will remain unavailable until otherwise selected. Any assessment with a custom date range will be open and available for proctoring anytime within the selected window. If the administration window has passed, the proctor can change the date setting so the assessment again becomes available to the proctor for administration.
Teachers can now print Student Reports by classes using the Bulk Print option in Enhanced CTLS. When you click on the icon, select the Assessment and then the class(es), or rosters of students to print a batch of student level reports. This is an easy way to generate a PDF student level report for all students who took that test or filter by classes and print just those specific classes (rosters).
Please feel free to contact your local school TTIS for any additional training or support.