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washington online testi ng

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington Online Testing


November 14 and 18, 2011

webinar protocol
Webinar Protocol

All participants’ microphones are automatically muted to eliminate background noise.

All participants may submit questions during the presentation by using the Questions Box on the GotoWebinar toolbar.

Questions will be addressed throughout the presentation.

This presentation will be available on the Washington Testing website, http://www.k12.wa.us/TestAdministration/Trainings/default.aspx , under the Online Testing Webinars link.



Online Testing Overview

System Requirements

Which Set Up Should Your School Use?

Preparing for Online Testing

Student Enrollment Data

Sample of Online Features

Paper or Online: When to Decide?

Keys to Success

Contact Information


  • Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)
    • Vendor for the Measurements of Students Progress (MSP), the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and the End-of-Course Exams (EOC)
    • Online testing vendor for MSP
    • Program Management Team
online testing overview
Online Testing Overview

Management Tools

System Requirements

Testing Window: April 25 – June 1, 2012

Reading and Mathematics grades 3 – 8

Science grades 5 and 8

Updated System Requirements posted


New Student Test Engine and Administrator Tools

New student demos and tutorials available in January

system requirements for 2012
System Requirements for 2012

Management Tools

System Requirements

  • eDIRECT (Browser requirements):
    • Most popular browsers: Safari 4.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or 6.0 or higher
    • Accept cookies
    • Accept emails from the @datarecognitioncorp.com domain
  • Student Demos (Browser requirements)
    • Most popular browsers: Safari 3.1.2 or higher, Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher
    • Updated graphics drivers with screen resolution 800x600
    • Flash Plug-in
    • Sound card to audio portion of demo
system requirements for 2012 continued
System Requirements for 2012 (continued)
  • Student Test Engine and Local Caching Service (LCS Optional)
    • Operating System:
      • Windows XP/2003/7/8/Vista
      • Mac OS 10.4 or above
      • Linux Ubuntu 10.04/Gnome 2.3
    • Mac Processor: 400 MHz
    • Windows Processor: 700 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Display: Monitors with a resolution of at least 800x600
    • Connectivity: Able to connect to the Internet
    • Easy to Install
      • Testing engine and the LCS install in minutes
      • Several remote installation and shared environment solutions
      • Automatic updates
which set up should your school use
Which Set Up Should Your School Use?
  • Key elements:
    • Reliability of Internet connectivity
    • Bandwidth available
    • Number of simultaneous testers
  • A reliable T1 connection will support a non-LCS setup with up to 100-150 simultaneous testers.
  • DRC recommends using the LCS if testing more than 150 simultaneous users.
  • When in doubt, verify installation and infrastructure during administration of the tutorials.
preparing for online testing
Preparing for Online Testing
  • Determine technology infrastructure available
    • Computers available for testing
    • Network, connectivity, bandwidth specs available
    • Possible implementations include:
      • 1-to-1 laptop initiatives
      • “Computers on Wheels”
      • 10” netbooks that support minimum specs (including operating system and display size of 800x600 or greater)
      • portable labs with Internet access
      • traditional computer labs
      • other quiet spaces with a “critical mass” of computers with Internet access
student enrollment data
Student Enrollment Data

Student enrollment data will be loaded from the March CEDARS file

Some student data can be edited in eDIRECT

Test Tickets with student login information are generated automatically

New students can be added at any time; Test Tickets can be created for these students same day

sample of online features
Sample of Online Features
  • Student Test Engine
    • DRC INSIGHT is the product name. Some links and icons will have the INSIGHT name.
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Sample of Online Features (continued)
  • eDIRECT: District and School administrator tools
  • Details to be presented in Webinar Trainings scheduled for January and April 2012
lessons learned from spring 2011
Lessons Learned from Spring 2011

Students should be very familiar and comfortable with the testing engine prior to the operational administration. OTTs and Student Demos are required for all students testing online.

paper or online when to decide
Paper or Online: When to Decide?

Districts need to register schools that will be testing online by December 16, 2011.

Online testing will be for the entire grade level in one or more subjects. As an example all 7th graders at a school will either be taking the reading test online or with paper/pencil, and (independently of that) all 7th graders at that school will be taking the math test online or with paper/pencil.

Even with the whole grade level testing online, there may be a few students using a test booklet if required by their IEP.

keys to success
Keys to Success
  • Involve technology staff to determine local capacity
    • Student Test Engine available for download January 20, 2012.
    • Will be available at www.WAtesting.com/online
  • Communication
    • If your district/school decides to participate in the online testing, share that decision with the teachers, students, and parents.
    • Ask questions! Ask early! Encourage others to think of issues that could affect your success of the implementation of online testing.
    • Review other materials on our websites (listed at end of presentation), including FAQs. Call and discuss with OSPI
keys to success continued
Keys to Success (continued)
  • Release of eDIRECT: January 20, 2012
    • District Assessment Coordinators will receive an email from DRC with username/password to access eDIRECT.
    • eDIRECT will have the Student Test Engine download links and the Student Demos links.
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Keys to Success (continued)
  • Online Tools Training (Student Tutorials) and Demos
    • One for each grade and content area
    • Review as many times as desired
    • Encourage parents to review both demo and tutorial
    • Schedule time for all administrators, teachers and students to review demos and tutorials
contact information
Contact Information

For all support issues

OSPI Assessment Hotline Mailbox

[email protected]


This presentation along with a FAQ document will be available on the Washington Testing website, under the Online Testing Webinars