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DESCRIPTIONComputer-Based Testing FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC. Florida Association of MIS June 12, 2012 Susie Lee, Director of Test Administration, K-12 Bo Elzie, Project Director, Computer-Based Testing Certification Department of Education. Background. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Computer-Based TestingFCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC
Florida Association of MISJune 12, 2012
Susie Lee, Director of Test Administration, K-12Bo Elzie, Project Director,Computer-Based Testing CertificationDepartment of Education
BackgroundThe DOE began a certification process for determining CBT readiness in 2010-2011 using an online tool. All participating schools certified readiness and 500,000 computer-based assessments were successfully administered.
The certification process continued in 2011-2012, and over one million assessments were successfully administered.
The Department created and has maintained a 15 member Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Advisory Committee which meets regularly via conference call to provide input on all readiness activities for computer-based testing. The committee is comprised of district assessment, MIS, and technology staff.
The Department also maintains an ongoing cross-division communications team that meets regularly to discuss and take action on CBT issues.
Background: 4 Certifications in 2011-2012Fall CertificationFCAT Mathematics RetakesFCAT Reading Retakes (CBT optional)FCAT 2.0 Reading RetakesWinter Certification December/January Algebra 1 EOC AssessmentSpring Certification (FCAT and FCAT 2.0)FCAT Mathematics RetakesFCAT Reading Retakes (CBT optional)FCAT 2.0 Reading RetakesGrade 6 FCAT 2.0 ReadingGrade 10 FCAT 2.0 ReadingSpring Certification (EOCs)Algebra 1Biology 1GeometryU.S. History field Test (sampled high schools only)
Spring 2012FCAT/FCAT 2.0FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake: 51,539FCAT Mathematics Retake: 32,525FCAT Reading Retake: 11,307 FCAT 2.0 Grade 6 Reading: 200,109 FCAT 2.0 Grade 10 Reading: 185,668Total: 481,148
Spring 2012EOC AssessmentsAlgebra 1: 202,146Biology 1: 190,687Geometry:188,362U.S. History:54,883Total: 636,078
Total Number of Spring CBT Assessments: 1,117,226
Most Common IssuesStudent submits test or is marked complete early (requires FDOE action)Student tests using wrong authorization ticketTechnical problems resulting in students getting kicked out of a testLocal issues in almost all cases, problems discovered and resolved quicklyOther issues bad weather, internet service went down, etc.
Summer 2012Algebra 1: July 23 August 10 (districts select administration week)
No Certification process for summer
Infrastructure Trial is recommended for workstations that will be used for testing
2012-13New Computer-based tests:Grade 5 FCAT 2.0 MathematicsGrade 7 FCAT 2.0 ReadingGrade 9 FCAT 2.0 ReadingCivics Field Test
The FCAT Reading Retake is no longer administered
TestNav 6.9TestNav 6.9 will continue to be the computer-based testing platformRequires software downloadSecure, locked-down browserRuns on tablets (except for iPads) but not recommendedFall 2012 - all schools will need to download updated software
How do we ensure that schools are ready for the continued transition to CBT?
Stakeholder feedback indicated that the DOE certification process to determine CBT readiness should continue in 2012-2013 with some modifications.An infrastructure trial will still be required for each computer that will be used for CBT, and this will be managed locally. Superintendent certification of CBT readiness will still be required.
2012-2013 Certification ProcessSection I (Computer Inventory) , Section II (scheduling) and Section III (Checklist) of the online certification tool will remain essentially the same.However, there will only be two certification periods: fall/winter and spring.
The Fall/Winter Computer-Based Assessments are:
October 8-12, 2012 or October 15-19, 2012 (Districts decide) FCAT Mathematics Retakes and FCAT 2.0 Reading RetakesNovember 28 December 19, 2012Algebra1, Biology 1, Geometry EOC Assessments
The Spring Computer-Based Assessments are:April 8-19, 2013FCAT Mathematics Retakes FCAT 2.0 Reading Retakes
April 15-26, 2013FCAT 2.0 Reading, Grades 6,7,9, and 10FCAT 2.0 Mathematics, Grade 5
April 22-May 10, 2013U.S. History EOC Assessment
April 29-May 17, 2013Algebra 1, Biology 1, and Geometry EOC Assessments
April 29- June 7, 2013Civics EOC Field Test 2012-2013 Certification Process, Continued
2012-2013 Critical DatesDPS memo goes outAugust 6, 2012
Tool opens for fall/winter certificationAugust 27, 2012
Tool closes for fall/winter certificationSeptember 21, 2012
Tool opens for spring certification February 18, 2013
Tool closes for spring certification March 22, 2013
.The following table delineates several potential federal fund sources for supporting computer-based assessments. In determining applicability to any particular situation, care must be taken to ensure that proposed allocations and expenditures do not violate federal requirements related to supplanting. In particular, note that supplanting is presumed to occur when federal funds are used to implement a state-level requirement or federal funds are use to provide a benefit to an eligible population while non-federal funds are used to provide the same benefit to other populations that are not eligible for the federal program. Each situation must be individually analyzed to determine whether proposed uses of funds are compliant with federal requirements.Note: Title III is not included in this listing because USED has interpreted the supplement/not supplant provision to specifically preclude use of Title III funds for assessment purposes.
Potential Federal Grant Resources for Funding Computer-Based Assessment
Educator Equipment / HardwareStudent Equipment / HardwareProfessional DevelopmentProgramCommentsXXXTitle I, Part AThese funds may only be used in schools designated as Title I schools. Use of Title I funds for computer-based assessment is more likely to be compliant with federal regulations in school wide programs rather than targeted assistance programsXTitle II, Part AThese funds may be used only for professional development in core subject areas XTitle II, Part B, Math and Science PartnershipsThis is a competitive program from the state to the sub-recipients.XXXIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)For the most part, these funds can be used only to benefit students with disabilities; so for example, use of these funds for professional development would be limited to educators serving students with disabilities.XXXSchool Improvement Grants (1003a and 1003g)The extent to which these funds can be used to support computer-based assessment will depend on the states approved plans for use of the funds.XXXRace to the Top (RTTT) State GrantFunds can be used consistent with approved state/local scopes of work.XXXTitle VI, Part A, Grants for State Assessments and Related ActivitiesGenerally available for any purpose which supports the development and/or administration of state assessments and standards at the discretion of the state (may include the costs of working in partnerships with other states).
20122013 Computer-Based Testing System Minimum Specifications
General Specifications (Windows/PC and Apple/Macintosh)Each computer must meet or exceed the following General Specifications in addition to the applicable Operating System Specifications below:500 MB available disk space1024x768 screen resolutionKeyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)High-speed internet connection
Operating System SpecificationsWindows/PCWindows XP (Service Pack 3)Pentium III 733 MHz processor512 MB RAMWindows (Service Pack 1)Pentium III 1 GHz processor1 GB RAMWindows 7 Pentium III 1 GHz processor 1 GB RAMApple/MacintoshMac OS X 10.4G3, G4, G5 500 MHz processor 512 MB RAMMac OS X 10.5Intel, G4, G5 867 MHz processor512 MB RAMMac OS X 10.6Intel processor 1 GB RAM
Updated 9/2/201120122013 Computer-Based Testing System Minimum Specifications (Contd)
For an optimal student experience, any computer that takes a noticeably long period of time (e.g., more than 10 seconds) to start and run applications, even computers which meet the requirements above, should not be used for high-stakes computer-based testing, if possible.The testing platform does not permit access to other applications during testing. This means that any applications that may automatically launch during testing will interrupt the students testing session, logging the student out of the test. Applications such as antivirus updates, power management software (laptops), screen savers, and email with automatic message notifications should be configured so they do not launch during test sessions.
Additional Specifications for TestHear (Accommodated Forms)TestHear will operate on Windows PC workstations and on Macintosh workstations that have Mac OS 10.5 or later installed and are running Windows (e.g., via Boot Camp). TestHear will not work on Mac OS X 10.4 or on Macs that cannot also run Windows.For students requiring the screen reader, the computer must be equipped with an audio card and headphones.
The FutureIt is a simple fact that access to high-speed broadband is now as vital a component of K-12 school infrastructure as electricity, air conditioning and heating. SETDA, 20122014-15 Recommendations: An external Internet connection to the ISP At least 100 Mbps per 1,000 students/staffWAN connections from the district to each school and among schools At least 1 Gbps per 1,000 students/staff2017-18 Recommendations:An external Internet connection to the ISP At least 1 Gbps per 1,000 students/staffWAN connections from the district to each school and among schools At least 10 Gbps per 1,000 students/staff
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