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SDOC FCAT Preparation. Spring 2011 Computer-Based Testing for Grade 10 Mathematics and Reading & Mathematics Retakes February 15, 16, and 17, 2011. Original setup. An FCAT OU was created in Active Directory at each school. Test Caching software was install on local file server.

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Sdoc fcat preparation

SDOC FCAT Preparation

Spring 2011 Computer-Based Testing for Grade 10 Mathematics and Reading & Mathematics Retakes

February 15, 16, and 17, 2011


Original setup

  • An FCAT OU was created in Active Directory at each school.

  • Test Caching software was install on local file server.

  • Test Nav software was installed locally on each testing machines at each school.

  • Group Policies were created to set the correct IE proxy settings, auto login as nsa-sdoc-fcat, and made nsa-sdoc-fcat a local admin to the box.

  • Infrastructure test run was completed in December to test network connectivity.



Downside to this model

  • Increases installation time.

    • Identified machines had to have a local installation of Test Nav.

  • Hot swapping with any machine was impossible.

    • You had to swap a downed machine with a machine that had Test Nav already installed.

  • Requires that configuration changes to Test Nav be made on each machine.

    • If any configurations needs to be changed then Tech has to touch each and every machine.



Complete district readiness activities
Complete District Readiness Activities

  • Complete Final Phase of Computer-Based Assessments Certification.

    • All schools who will participate in the FCAT or EOC computer-based assessments this spring must complete the survey in the tool.

  • District-level submission is due three weeks prior to the first day of testing. Districts will establish school survey deadlines.


Preparation information
Preparation Information

Practice Tests/ePATs

All students must complete a practice test prior to participating in any computer-based test administration.

The Infrastructure Trial Test must be run on each computer to be used for testing. (Not required to be part of district- or school-wide administration, although this is preferred.)

Dial *1 to ask a question


Practice test epats
Practice Test/ePATs

  • Package was created for deployment thru LanDESK.

  • Local school administration identified the computers that ePATs was to be installed.

  • Package was deployed to identified workstations.

  • District Techs verified that the software worked on 20% of the computers of each site.

  • School administration must come up with a schedule to make sure that the students practice with ePATs.



Testing software
Testing software

TestNav6.9

The computer-based platform that Florida will use for high-stakes assessments beginning in Spring 2011.

TestNav6.9 is an application that is installed either on a file server or on each computer that will be used for testing.

TestHear

The computer-based platform that Florida will use for students requiring computer-based accommodations (including assistive devices) on high-stakes assessments beginning in Spring 2011.

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Our New Model

is the File Share model

  • Single point of installation and configuration changes

    • Test Nav is installed on the local file server and not on every machine.

  • Easier to implement in a large-scale testing environment

    • Group Policy pushes a short cut to any computer located inside the FCAT OU. So hot swapping computers is much easier.

  • Centralized location for log files

    • All student log files are saved to the Test Nav folder on the file server as the primary save location and the root drive (C:\) of the local box as the secondary save location.


Group Policy creates a shortcut to Test Nav on the desktop.

FCAT OU


Wireless networks best practices
Wireless Networks Best Practices

DO use a local installation of TestNav

A local install for wireless testing increases the odds of success.

Local installations reduce network traffic on access points to just test content and student responses.

DO NOT overload access points with too many clients.

The bandwidth curve of online testing is different than normal internet usage.

Use common sense wireless networking principles and past wireless performance as a guide.

Reducing the client to access point ratio for online testing can avoid the access point bottleneck.

NO WIRELESS

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Testnav installation best practices contd
TestNav Installation Best Practices (contd.)

Disable Popup Blocking Software (for PearsonAccess)

A pop-up blocker will block the pre-caching screens from opening on administrative workstations.

Configure Applications that launch automatically

Any applications that may automatically launch on a computer should be configured not to launch during testing sessions. Common applications that may launch automatically include:

Anti-virus software performing automatic updates,

Power management software on laptops warning of low batteries,

Screen savers, and

Email with Auto message notification.

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Testnav installation best practices contd1
TestNav Installation Best Practices (contd.)

Screen resolution

All tests are authored to a screen resolution of 1024x768 so make sure that your testing machines are capable of 1024x768 resolution.

Screen Resolutions below this setting will cause an error as TestNav tries to load the test.

Screen Resolutions above this setting will cause the test to appear smaller than the available screen size.

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Testhear software
TestHear Software

Must be installed on all computers to be used by students requiring computer-based accommodations (e.g., screen reader, zoom, color contrast, large print).

Instructions will be provided in the Spring 2011 CBT Accommodations Guide (available mid-February) at www.FLAssessments.com/SpringCBTAccommodations

Requires the same System Specifications as TestNav/Proctor Caching computers, with the exception of the Additional Specifications listed below.

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Pre caching test content
Pre-Caching Test Content

School assessment coordinators are responsible for setting up test sessions in PearsonAccess, and technology coordinators are responsible for pre-caching test content prior to testing.

Test content will be available to be pre-cached at least one week prior to testing.

Demonstration

Configure browser settings

Pre-cache test in PearsonAccess

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Sdoc eoc think tank
SDOC EOC Think Tank

  • Key People will be centralized at district for testing emergencies during the FCAT window.

  • District Techs will be deployed as needed to troubled sites.



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