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Online Testing: Transitioning from Paper to Computer‐Based Testing. Florida Association of MIS June 14, 2011 Bo Elzie, Project Manager, Computer-Based Testing Department of Education. Background. Florida has had had optional Computer-Based Assessments since 2006

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online testing transitioning from paper to computer based testing

Online Testing: Transitioning from Paper to Computer‐Based Testing

Florida Association of MIS

June 14, 2011

Bo Elzie, Project Manager,

Computer-Based Testing

Department of Education

background
Background
  • Florida has had had optional Computer-Based Assessments since 2006
  • Spring 2011 Assessments: (Required)
    • FCAT Mathematics Retakes
    • FCAT Reading Retakes (optional on computer)
    • FCAT Grade 10 Mathematics
    • Algebra 1 End-of-Course Assessment
    • Biology 1 End-of-Course Field Test

(selected schools)

    • Geometry End-of-Course Field Test (selected schools)
history
History
  • In 2002, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Accommodations recommended that the FCAT accommodations available for students with disabilities be expanded to include computer-based accommodations.
  • The Advisory Committee on Computer-Based Assessment was established in 2003 to advise the Department on issues related to computer-based assessment.
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History
  • The Department issued a request for information in 2005 to learn more about the innovations currently being used and developed in support of computer-based testing. This resulted in numerous presentations to a review committee, including district representatives. The review committee recommended that, by 2010, all non-performance task grade-level tests be administered solely on computers.
  • Commissioner John Winn encouraged Superintendents to invest more heavily in hardware and other infrastructure to allow expanded use of computers in delivery of statewide assessments (memorandum dated December 11, 2006).
history5
History
  • During the summer of 2009, the Advisory Committee on Computer-Based Assessment met to provide feedback on the plan for phase in of CBT.
  • In March 2010, 13 districts voluntarily participated in the computer-based administration of FCAT Retake Reading and Mathematics.
  • In May 2010, selected schools in 51 districts participated in the computer-based administration of the Algebra 1 End-of-Course Field Test.
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History
  • A DOE Communications Team was formed in the summer of 2010 to address the CBT readiness process for 2010-11. This group of assessment, MIS, technology, policy, and charter school staff meet weekly to develop strategies and support for successful preparation and administration of computer-based tests.
  • A CBT focus meeting was held with district staff on August 30, 2010 to elicit district input on the certification process and the web-based tool.
  • The Department created a Superintendent - nominated 15 member Computer-Based-Testing (CBT) Advisory Committee in September, 2010, which meets monthly via conference call, comprised of district assessment, MIS, and technology staff, to provide input on all readiness activities for computer-based testing.
  • The Commissioner’s Leadership Policy Advisory Committee (LPAC), comprised of a cohort of Superintendents, also provided oversight and guidance regarding Computer-Based testing in 2010.
how did we ensure that our schools were ready for this transition
How did we ensure that our schools were ready for this transition?
  • Department implemented a year-long Computer-Based Assessments Certification Process
  • Three Phases to this Process
    • Phase 1: Initial Certification through a web- based tool
    • Phase 2: Infrastructure Trial
    • Phase 3: Final online Certification
phase 1
Phase 1:
  • All 1,760 schools completed the web-based Computer-Based Assessments Certification Tool in September and were asked to estimate:

How many computers?

How many testing sessions?

How many students to be tested?

  • Approximately 200 schools in 44 districts had some degree of deficiency based on estimates and were required to complete an action plan (23 districts had no schools with deficiencies)
  • Superintendent certified that action plans would be supported and carried out
  • DOE teams offered 48 hour-long conference call sessions to districts in order to to address action plans and answer any questions – 16 districts participated
  • Algebra 1 testing window was extended 5 days, so most of the 200 schools’ capacity issues were resolved for that assessment
phase 2
Phase 2:

Infrastructure Trial – December 1-3

  • All 1,760 schools were asked to participate in the trial
  • Using the same number of computers that will be needed in the spring
  • Conducting the trial at their peak time (usually AM before 11:30)
  • 104,000 tests administered December
  • Schools completed a survey indicating any problems they noted during the trial
  • No pervasive problems noted by DOE or the Contractor
infrastructure trial lessons learned
Infrastructure TrialLessons Learned
  • Screen resolution must be set to 1024x768 on student workstations.
  • Students must have full permissions to the TestNav/Temp and TestNav/Log folder.
  • A primary save location must be set and students have read/write access to the save location.
  • Screen savers, power management, and pop-up updates must have been disabled on student workstations.
  • Proctor Caching software must have been installed and must be checked to ensure it is functioning correctly.
  • Test content must be pre-cached prior to student testing.
  • The test session must be started in PearsonAccess.
infrastructure trial positive comments
We appreciated the opportunity to test this out well in advance of the exam.

The Infrastructure trial ran very smoothly.

The Trial went very well. Good planning tool. I think it made the schools feel better about moving to CBT EOCs.

We were very happy with the way the trial went.

It really did run very smoothly. It is exciting to be a part of computer based technology.

Overall went well at our site. Feel better about the real tests in April.

The students were excited about taking an online test and seemed very pleased with the format and the online tools.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to participate. It relieved any anxiety which I may have had about proctoring a new format.

It makes us more confident that the EOC exam will be relatively problem free.

Infrastructure TrialPositive Comments
phase 3
Phase 3:

Final Certification of Readiness

  • Schools completed Final Computer-Based Assessments Certification Tool that was submitted 3 weeks before each spring assessment
  • The Certification Tool opened January 26, 2011
  • Actual numbers were described:

How many computers?

How many days of testing?

How many students to be tested?

Checklist issues?

  • DOE immediately worked with districts to address any school deficiencies in readiness
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The following computer-based assessments were successfully administered this spring:

  • 28,399 FCAT Mathematics Retakes (March-April)
  • 5,290 Reading Retakes (March-April)
  • 186,104 Grade 10 FCAT Mathematics (April)
  • 28,614 Biology 1 Field Tests (May 2-June 3)
  • 35,399 Geometry Field Tests (May 2-June 3)
    • 213,784 Algebra 1 EOC Assessments (May 9-May 27)
  • Approximately 497,590 computer-based assessments were successfully administered this spring. All participating middle and high schools demonstrated 100% readiness through the online certification tool. Additional computer-based assessments will be added each year, and the online certification process for 2011-12 is being designed.
2011 12 cbt certification tool is being developed
2011-12 CBT Certification Tool is being Developed
  • Four Assessment Windows
    • Fall FCAT Retakes
    • Spring FCAT 2.0
    • Fall Algebra 1 EOC
    • Spring EOCs

New Legislative Requirement: PERT: Postsecondary Education Readiness Test for all 11th graders in November 2011

  • Four weeks to complete
  • Due to DOE via the tool at least two weeks prior to testing
the winds of change parcc
The Winds of Change…..PARCC
  • Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
    • September 2010 – PARCC awarded RTTT funds to develop a computer-based K-12 Assessment System aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics by 2013-14
    • Florida is Fiscal agent and one of 11 governing states that will lead a 26 state partnership
    • PARCC will provide a common metric among the 26 states – focused on a global marketplace
looking ahead
Looking Ahead…
  • Citrix Type Environments
  • Thin Client Web-Based Solutions
  • Utilizing students’ own Equipment in a WIFI Environment
  • Stay Tuned…Technology Changes at the Speed of Light!
  • Questions?