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Learning Goals • At the end of this workshop, you will understand how to: • Create, share, and search for assessment items • Create, schedule, and assign assessments • Explain the student testing experience • Monitor student progress • Incorporate best practices
Where can I find helpful resources ? • DPI and Pearson have loaded a variety of helpful materials into Schoolnet. Search Home Base in Instructional Materials to locate: • Quick reference cards • End user PowerPoint presentations • Training scripts • Schoolnet contains screen specific help on every screen ( to access click the ) • For hardware and software questions click System Requirements in the footer of any screen
Self-Paced Distance Learning, accessed via PowerSource, Web-based “Mastery in Minutes” training includes short tutorials that are topic-specific for easy answers to simple tasks Online distance learning consists of interactive courses approximately one hour in duration. Designed for adult learners, this type of training includes authentic assessment, interactive storylines, and hand-drawn graphics to engage learners. Unlimited access! LEAs determine who can access the materials Pearson K12 Technology Customer EducationSelf-Paced Distance Learning: When are we training? Practice throughout the course Authentic Assessment to evaluate understanding of concepts
What Assessment Items are available? • DPI has loaded a total of 35,919 assessment items (as of Sept 19th 2014) • ELA – 6,352 • Math – 13,536 • Science – 12,834 • Social Studies – 2,432 • Additionally, there are 869 passages • More items/ Passages can be created and submitted for approval to the state. Once approved they will be available for every educator in North Carolina.
What Instructional Materials are available? DPI has loaded a total of 38,026 instructional materials (as of sept 19th 2014) • Curricular Units - 396 • Instructional Units– 1,545 • Lesson Plans – 12,212 • Assessments - 442 • Resources – 11,454 • External Resources – 11,977 • More instructional materials can be created and submitted for approval to the state. Once approved they will be available for every education in North Carolina.
My Schoolnet Home Page The Schoolnet home page provides shortcuts to key information about your students, school and district. Principal and teacher views differ.
Discussion • What is the general feeling towards assessment in today’s schools today? Why? • What are the benefits of assessments to educators, and students? • What is a positive experience you have had with assessment either as a student, parent, or educator?
Common Assessment Problems We are not sure: • Why we are assessing • What we are assessing • How to look at results • How to communicate targets and results
What is assessment? Assessment is the process of gathering and interpreting evidence of student learning. It is the crucial link between learning outcomes, content, teaching and learning activities. Assessment is used by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there.
A 5 performance data, available online Testing Administration Overview 3 1 2 4 Analyze Print answer sheets and booklets or usernames Administer tests to students Scan results or collect them online Create tests and test scoring key
What is Assessment Admin? • Use Assessment Admin to build tests and monitor the collection of results • View reports on student responses in the Classrooms and School & District Data modules
Login with Student InformationNote- Students will access Schoolnet through PowerSchool in North Carolina • https://homebasetraining.schoolnet.com • Username: student_####### • Password: See sheet
Student Online Assessment Experience • Make sure computers are ready for assessments • Student signs in and enters online passcode back2school
Student Online Test Experience Explain test-taking strategies to students
Student Online Experience: Test-taking Tools Flagging allows a student to flag a question for follow-up Strike out feature for multiple-choice items Hiding/Showing answer choices
Passage Highlighter The passage highlighter allows for areas of a passage to be highlighted
Math Manipulatives • Interactive manipulatives for online testing (calculator, ruler, protractor, compass) • Manipulatives can be turned on or off for entire test for all students • Three types of rulers: inch, centimeter, and units
Proctor Dashboard: Monitor an Online Test • Graphic representation of the progress of the class • Links to individual student score, answer sheets, and PDF test booklet
What do students see? • Depending on settings, students may see scores as soon as they submit the test • They can access scores at any time from the Schoolnet home page • If enabled, students can see not only the correct answer versus their answer, but also the test content • For some tests, students can self-assess their own open response questions
Adding Item Meta Data ( Best Practice) Best Practices Name – Enter Curricular/Instructional Unit of Study Publisher – Enter School or District name Keywords – Enter any key words related to the unit of study Benchmark Items – Identify if the item has 3 or 4 answer choices and it is available for only for Benchmark assessments Classroom Items – Identify if the item has 3 or 4 answer choices and it is available for classroom assessments
Item Text Editor Options: copy/paste, spell check, thesaurus, grammar checker, hyperlinks, special characters, grade level vocabulary (if loaded on site), tables to create columns
Insert Images • Do not copy and paste an image; you must insert it as a file • For peak online test performance, use sizes below 250KB • Resize images before adding them • Supported file formats: png, jpg, or gif • Not suggested for passages of text • Be sure to preview the item
Equation Editor • Open the equation editor from the text editor • Link to additional equations and syntax to change font size
Single and Multiple Selection Hot Spot Items • Online tests only • Can be authored in Schoolnet with shapes defined as rectangles, circles, or polygons • IE 8 users must upgrade their browser version or download the Google Chrome Frame plug-in in order to author or edit hot spot items
Rubric for Open Response Items Single or multidimensional rubrics
Try it! Create Items • Create four test items • Create a passage and connect two items to it • Create a rubric for an open response question
Discussion • What types of items did you make and why? • What are the benefits and drawbacks of each type? • Which item options did you try? • What are the potential uses for passages? • Which standards in your discipline require students to read and analyze passages?
Ways to Create a Test • Express test • Manual test
Item & Test Item Settings • Enable text formatting • Enable student comments • Capture teacher comments on answer sheet • Enable self-assessment • Hide item content from students • Enable tools and manipulatives • Specify number of items on test
Manual Method Add your own questions or use existing items.
Adding a Passage with Multiple Questions • Add new Item – Look up in Item Central • Search for the passage
Ways to Create a Test • Express test • Manual test
Express Test Best Practices • Do not use the express test for ELA assessments • Use the express test as a building block for a common assessment. Remember you can always add custom created items to an express test • Bring in more items then you want so that you can modify the assessment later • Advanced options allow you to select the type of items you want to display, select items that have/have not been previously used etc… Explore advanced options
Express Test Method Select the standards to include and the number of items for each standard.
Where is My Test? • Teacher dashboard versions
Scheduling • Test dates have big implications • Preview online • Choose browser vs. Secure Tester • Many online test options available
Options for Test Administration • Online (Browser) • Online (Secure Tester) • Plain paper • OMR • Student Response Systems (Clickers)* • Other
Scoring Options • Updating scanned results with open-ended score • Teachers grade responses to open-ended items in Assessment Admin • Online scoring only (no-scanner approach) • Teachers enter student scores directly in Assessment Admin • For schools with no scanners or for oral tests • Damaged scan sheets • Authorized individuals search for students by ID or name and enter student scores manually • Upload file • Upload a spreadsheet of responses
Check for Understanding? • What is your comfort level now compared to this morning? • What was the most compelling thing you saw today that will excite teachers in your building? • How does what you learned fit into other district initiatives?