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- Technology Coordinator Training FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC Computer-Based Testing
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- Technology Coordinator Training Agenda 2 Configuring the Testing Environment Support Information Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Glossary Network and System Configurations System Specifications Preparation Information Proctor Caching Overview TestNav and TestHear Overview Wireless Best Practices TestNav and TestHear Configuration Best Practices TestNav System Check Tool
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- Technology Coordinator Training Agenda, cont. 3 Proctor Caching Downloading, Installing, and Verifying the Proctor Caching Software TestNav and TestHear Downloading, Installing, and Launching TestNav 6.9 and TestHear Pre-Caching Test Content TestNav and TestHear Early Warning System Common Errors and Solutions Lessons Learned Contact Information
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- Support Information 4 Where to find Support Resources www.pearsonaccess.com/FL --> Support Tab www.pearsonaccess.com/FL www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources TestNav Technology Guidelines TestNav Early Warning System Reference Manual Proctor Caching Guide Infrastructure Readiness Guide FDOE website Computer-Based Testing: http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/cbt.asphttp://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/cbt.asp Note: Most www.FLAssessments.com links are simply redirects to www.PearsonAccess.com/fl.www.FLAssessments.com www.PearsonAccess.com/fl
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- Support Information 5 Contact Pearson Support Phone Number: 1-877-847-3043 Appendix C in the manual provides the following information: PearsonAccess User Accounts District assessment coordinators received instructions for setting up user accounts from FDOE. Browser requirements Logging in for the first time Resetting passwords Training Center Test Setup Exercise Appendix D in the manual is a CBT Test Administrator Quick Reference Guide. Note: PearsonAccess will timeout after 14 minutes of inactivity.
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- CBT Glossary 6 PearsonAccess www.pearsonaccess.com/flwww.pearsonaccess.com/fl The website used for almost all test preparation (e.g., PreID), setup, administration, and reporting tasks. Verify that you are in the correct test administration each time you log in. Requires a username and password. Links to support materials: www.FLAssessments.com/SpringRMS www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources www.FLAssessments.com/SpringRMS www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources
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- CBT Glossary 7 PearsonAccess Training Center Accessed from the Training Center tab on PearsonAccess homepage or at www.FLAssessments.com/TrainingCenter. www.FLAssessments.com/TrainingCenter Provides an opportunity to Practice PearsonAccess tasks Manage the Infrastructure Trial in preparation for testing Requires a username and password.
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- CBT Glossary 8 TestNav6.9 The computer-based platform that Florida uses for high-stakes assessments. TestNav6.9 is an application that is installed either on a file server or on each computer that will be used for testing.
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- CBT Glossary 9 TestHear The computer-based platform used to deliver CBT accommodated forms (large print, color contrast, zoom, screen reader, assistive devices). TestHear is an application that must be installed on each computer that will be used for testing. Only operates on Windows or Macs that are also running Windows.
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- System Specifications for TestNav, TestHear, and Proctor Caching www.FLAssessments.com/MinimumSpecs www.FLAssessments.com/MinimumSpecs 10 Operating System Specifications Windows/PC Windows XP (Service Pack 3) Pentium III 733 MHz processor 512 MB RAM Windows (Service Pack 1) Pentium III 1 GHz processor 1 GB RAM Windows 7 Pentium III 1 GHz processor 1 GB RAM Apple/Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4 G3, G4, G5 500 MHz processor 512 MB RAM Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, G4, G5 867 MHz processor 512 MB RAM Mac OS X 10.6 Intel processor 1 GB RAM Mac OS X 10.7 Intel processor 1 GB RAM Mac OS X 10.8 Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2 GB RAM 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 space 1024x768 screen resolution Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device) High-speed internet connection
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- 11 System Specifications for TestNav, TestHear, and Proctor Caching www.FLAssessments.com/MinimumSpecs www.FLAssessments.com/MinimumSpecs 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. In addition to ensuring that workstations meet the minimum specifications, it is strongly recommended that you run an ePAT on any new workstations to ensure that the display size is appropriate for testing. 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. Even though the specifications state that each computer must have a mouse, touchpads are permitted for students who are comfortable using them.
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- Preparation Information 12 Infrastructure Trial Test 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.) Instructions are provided in the Infrastructure Readiness Guide posted to www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources or www.FLAssessments.com/InfrastructureReadinessGuide. www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources www.FLAssessments.com/InfrastructureReadinessGuide Practice Tests/ePATs All students must complete a practice test prior to participating in any computer-based test administration. The ePAT Launcher and the test content must be downloaded on to each computer that will be used for the practice test. Instructions, the ePAT Launcher, and the test content are available at www.FLAssessments.com/ePAT.www.FLAssessments.com/ePAT TestHear ePATs are available for students who will take accommodated CBT forms.
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- Proctor Caching Network Diagram 13
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- Proctor Caching How does it help? 14 Proctor Caching allows you to pre-cache test content to your local network before the test. Reduces burden on your ISP by eliminating redundancy in requests for test content. Stores an encrypted local copy of all pre-cached tests. A caching solution is required for Florida online testing and will deliver the best online testing experience.
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- Proctor Caching Misc. 15 Runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. Does not require an underlying server-based operating system. TestNav must be configured through the installer or editing the proxysettings.properties file to communicate through Proctor Caching. TestHear must be configured through the installer. Proctor Caching should be set up first so the IP address can be entered during TestNav or TestHear installation. If all internet traffic must pass through an upstream proxy server, Proctor Caching will need to be configured to communicate through that device. TestNav and TestHear request test content from Proctor Caching on port 4480.
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- Proctor Caching Computer Placement 16 Can be at the lab- or the school-level. Should be as close as possible on the network to the TestNav or TestHear workstations and prior to any potential bottlenecks. Use the TestNav System Check to determine the appropriate ratio of Proctor Caching machines to student workstations.
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- Test Delivery Local Installation 17 Download and install TestNav on each workstation used for test delivery. Must use local installation for TestHear. Configure each machine to communicate with the Proctor Caching machine(s). More challenging to manage than a server installation. System automation tools like SMS (Windows) and Apple Remote Desktop (Mac) make local installs of TestNav much more practical. TestHear cannot be deployed with system automation tools.
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- Test Delivery File Share Installation 18 Download and install TestNav on a file share. Configure the file share installation to communicate with the Proctor Caching machine. Create a shortcut to the file share installation of TestNav on each workstation used for test delivery. Easier to manage than a local installation.
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- Local Installation vs. File Share Installation 19 ProsCons File Share + Single point of installation and configuration changes + Easier to implement in a large-scale testing environment + Centralized single
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