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Measured Progress ©2013 1 MeCAS Online Science 2014 Test Administrator Training Module
Measured Progress ©2013 2 Topics Help Desk Information Key Dates – Pilots, Operational High School, Operational Grade 8 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Test Session Order and Time Allowances Test Administrator Responsibilities Training Materials Training Students iTest System Components Starting the STW Closing the STW Test Session Basics
Measured Progress ©2013 3 Help Desk Information Maine Service Center For questions about the MeCAS Online Science administrations, contact: Phone: 1-866-615-2745 Email Address: email@example.com@measuredprogress.org Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Measured Progress Technical Product Support For questions relating to the iTest software or for any technical issues, contact: Phone: 1-888-465-2740 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org@measuredprogress.org Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Measured Progress ©2013 4 Key Dates – Pilots The intent of the pilot is to test the online system in your school, train staff on the online system, and to qualify your school for operational testing. Test Window (DAS and PTW Open) January 27 – February 14, 2014 High School and Grade 8 Pilot Tests One session The test window will open at 7 A.M. on the first day of the test window and will close at 5 P.M. on the last day of the test window.
Measured Progress ©2013 5 Key Dates – Operational High School Test Window DAS and Pilot Test Available March 17 – 21, 2014 DAS and Operational Test Available March 24 – April 4, 2014 High School Operational Tests Three sessions The test window will open at 7 A.M. on the first day of the test window and will close at 5 P.M. on the last day of the test window.
Measured Progress ©2013 6 Key Dates – Operational Grade 8 Test Window DAS and Pilot Test Available April 28 – May 2, 2014 DAS and Operational Test Available May 5 – 16, 2014 Grade 8 Operational Tests Four sessions The test window will open at 7 A.M. on the first day of the test window and will close at 5 P.M. on the last day of the test window.
Measured Progress ©2013 7 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Participation To participate in the operational test in March (MHSA) and/or May (MEA): You must have previously participated in the MeCAS Online Science test or the NECAP Online Writing test prior to 2014 or You must participate in the Online Science Pilot in 2014 Scoring and Results Student scores will not be reported for the pilot Student scores will be reported for the operational test(s)
Measured Progress ©2013 8 About MeCAS Online Science Tests For operational testing, some students will require paper and pencil tests due to accommodations specified in their IEPs. Schools testing online should test between 90-100% of their eligible students online. The use of paper and pencil tests will be viewed as an exception necessary to meet individual student needs only. No paper and pencil tests will be administered during the pilot, so students requiring paper and pencil accommodations are not expected to test the pilot online.
Measured Progress ©2013 9 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Principals will be contacted for information regarding paper and pencil and online enrollments prior to operational testing. Schools will be shipped an appropriate number of paper and pencil test materials based on these enrollments.
Measured Progress ©2013 10 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Test Coordinators will plan testing and provide you with a test schedule. Operational online science testing must occur concurrently within your school for each session administered. If you are testing students via both paper and pencil and online tests, all students should test the same sessions at the same times. If you cannot test the full group of students at the same time, then you must take steps to maintain test security. Groups of students may not interact between administrations of the same test session.
Measured Progress ©2013 11 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Operational testing must occur within the test windows and must follow testing protocols and schedules contained in the Principal/Test Coordinator Manuals, Test Administrator Manual, and the MeCAS Online Science Administration Manual. A separate MeCAS Online Science Administration Manual will be posted to iServices for each administration (one for the pilot and one for each operational test grade 8 and high school). Test Administrators and Technology Coordinators may print or copy these manuals as needed. Principal/Test Coordinator Manuals and Test Administrator Manuals will be provided with paper and pencil shipments and are also available for download online at: http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/admininfo.htm. http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/admininfo.htm
Measured Progress ©2013 12 About MeCAS Online Science Tests Test Administrators must use the Online Science Test Administration Manuals for the pilot and operational test administrations, as they contain required scripts and directions.
Measured Progress ©2013 13 Test Session Order and Time Allowances – Pilots Additional time is provided for pilot testing as students are learning to use the testing tools. The pilot tests for high school and grade 8 have one test session each and are intended to be practiced with the online system for both Test Administrators and students. Paper and pencil tests will not be provided for the pilot. SessionBase TimeAdditional Time If Needed Student Training Module (optional)10 minutesAs needed Student Log In and Instructions5 minutesAs needed Science Session 135 minutes10 minutes
Measured Progress ©2013 14 Test Session Order and Time Allowances – Operational High School Except for makeup sessions or sessions for students requiring certain accommodations, the test sessions must be administered concurrently to all students in a grade and follow the order listed above. If you will test two or more sessions back to back, it is recommended that a 10 minute break be provided to students between test sessions. SessionBase TimeAdditional Time If Needed Student Training Module (optional)10 minutesAs needed Student Log In and Directions5-10 minutesAs needed Science Session 150 minutes10 minutes Science Session 250 minutes10 minutes Student Questionnaire Session 315 minutesAs needed
Measured Progress ©2013 15 Test Session Order and Time Allowances – Operational Grade 8 Except for makeup sessions or sessions for students requiring certain accommodations, the test sessions must be administered concurrently to all students in a grade and follow the order listed above. If you will test two or more sessions back to back, it is recommended that a 10 minute break be provided to students between test sessions. SessionBase TimeAdditional Time If Needed Student Training Module (optional)10 minutesAs needed Student Log In and Directions5-10 minutesAs needed Science Session 135 minutes10 minutes Science Session 235 minutes10 minutes Science Session 335 minutes10 minutes Student Questionnaire Session 415 minutesAs needed
Measured Progress ©2013 16 Test Administrator Responsibilities Prior to Testing Go to http://iservices.measuredprogress.org, select Maine from the drop-down menu and click Enter, click on Online Science Materials, then click on MeCAS Online Science Materials to access:http://iservices.measuredprogress.org Quick Start and Quick Reference Guides Online Science Test Administration Manuals Test Administrator Training Module STW/PTW Interaction Video Student Training Module Utilize these materials to learn about the online test system. These materials will also be available from the Data Administration System (DAS) during the science test administrations windows.
Measured Progress ©2013 17 Test Administrator Responsibilities During the Test Windows but Prior to Testing Use your login account information, distributed by the Test Coordinator, to log into the Proctor Test Workstation (PTW) and the Training Student accounts to practice on the Student Test Workstation (STW). Use the instructions for Starting the STW to access the secure Firefox Portable Kiosk on an MLTI student laptop. Use the training information in the Student Training Module, the PTW/STW Interaction video and the Online Science Test Administration Manual to practice with both the proctor and student workstations.
Measured Progress ©2013 18 Test Administrator Responsibilities Just Before Test Administration Receive the Student Login Tickets from the Test Coordinator. Prepare the classroom for testing by removing or covering all instructional materials from the walls and ensuring that all students will have adequate work space. Post a TESTING – DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door. Confirm you have your PTW login information. Confirm you have a copy of the administration and grade appropriate Online Test Administration Manual. The manual contains scripts that must be read to students during test administration.
Measured Progress ©2013 19 Test Administrator Responsibilities Just Before Test Administration Open the student kiosks to display the student login page by completing the following: For students using Macintosh Log into the Macintosh computer: If students are using a kiosk that was installed in 2013-14, use user name: mpsc_01 and password: secure If students are using a kiosk that was installed prior to 2013-14, use user name: NECAP and password: P@t3ll@ Open the Applications folder from the dock and launch the Portable Firefox Kiosk application Once testing is complete, each Macintosh computer should be logged out / logged in under its normal account. For students using Windows Double-click the STWKiosk icon on the desktop Click Accept if prompted to view and accept the certificate
Measured Progress ©2013 20 Test Administrator Responsibilities Begin Test Administration Allow students into the room. Allow students to watch the Student Training Module (optional) and answer any questions. This video should be projected at the front of the room. It instructs students on the tools available to them during testing. This is video only; there is no audio. Explain Test Security and Ethics considerations in the Online Test Administrator Manual to students.
Measured Progress ©2013 21 Test Administrator Responsibilities Follow the instructions and scripts in the administration and grade appropriate Online Science Test Administration Manual to complete the following tasks: Log into the Proctor Test Workstation (PTW). Distribute Student Login Tickets to students (do not use Training Student accounts to test students). Select the grade appropriate MeCAS Online Science Pilot or MeCAS Online Science Test from the Test Selection screen. Locate the Test Access Code on the PTW Test Administration screen and write it on the board. (A new Test Access Code will be generated each time a Test Administrator signs into a test from the Test Selection screen.) Instruct students to log into the Student Test Workstation (STW) with the Username and Password located on their Student Login Tickets. Instruct students to enter the Test Access Code on the STW Select a Test screen.
Measured Progress ©2013 22 Test Administrator Responsibilities Once students have reviewed test directions pages and you have answered questions, on the PTW select Session 1 from the drop-down menu and click Go to allow students into the test session. Students will then be able to view and answer test questions. Monitor students and assist with directions as needed. Test Administrators may not assist students with test questions. Report any violations of test administration policy to the Test Coordinator, and report technology issues to the Technology Coordinator.
Measured Progress ©2013 23 Test Administrator Responsibilities Once all students have completed the questions in a session, they should continue to the End of the Test or End of the Session page by clicking on the Next button in the STW. When the student statuses on the PTW show End of Test or End of Session for all students, you will either: End the Session/Test on the PTW by selecting Close Test from the drop-down menu and clicking Go. Close Test is used to close a test session if students are testing individual sessions or when students have completed testing for the day. or Continue to the next session on the PTW by selectingSession 2 from the drop-down menu and clicking Go. Once all sessions for that days testing are completed, end the test as indicated above. NOTE: The grade 8 and high school pilots have one (1) session each; the high school operational test has three (3) sessions, and the grade 8 operational test has four (4) sessions.
Measured Progress ©2013 24 Test Administrator Responsibilities Instruct students to close their tests by clicking Complete (red Stop Sign button), and then Close (yellow Close button). As students close the test, their status on the PTW will be become blank. Confirm all student computers are logged out of the test. Close the test session in the PTW by clicking on End Session and OK. Close the test in the PTW by clicking on Done from the Session Complete page. Instruct students to log out of the STW. Log out of the PTW. Dismiss students.
Measured Progress ©2013 25 It is possible to remove a single student from the test without ending the whole test session. Use of this option should be limited to situations such as: Student falls ill during test, or other emergency. Laptop batteries need time to recharge prior to next session. Click the arrow in the left-most Remove Student column beside the students name you would like to remove. Follow the on- screen instructions to finish the process. The STW exit process will remain the same. Removing a Single Student in the PTW
Measured Progress ©2013 26 Test Administrator Responsibilities Following Test Administration For operational testing, report any students and sessions missed to your Test Coordinator, so those students can participate in make-up test sessions. Utilize the MeCAS Online Science Pilot Items document to review the pilot test questions with students and answer any science related questions prior to operational testing. NOTE: It is a violation of Test Administration policy to use operational, secure test items to train students for testing. Test Administrators may not use operational test questions for practice or review with students.
Measured Progress ©2013 27 Training – All Materials Go to http://iservices.measuredprogress.org, select Maine from the drop-down menu and click Enter, click on Online Science Materials, then click on MeCAS Online Science Materials to access:http://iservices.measuredprogress.org Technical Requirements User Guide Quick Start and Quick Reference Guides Online Science Test Administration Manuals Test Coordinator Training Module Technology Coordinator Training Module Test Administrator Training Module STW/PTW Interaction Video Student Training Module Utilize these materials to learn about the online test system. These materials will also be available from the Data Administration System (DAS) during the science test administrations windows.
Measured Progress ©2013 28 Training – Test Administrator Materials In addition to this training module, Test Administrators should utilize the following training materials: STW/PTW Interaction Video Student Training Module Quick Start and Quick Reference Guides Online Test Administration Manuals User Guide
Measured Progress ©2013 29 Training – Practice Proctoring Training should include time for Test Administrators to practice logging into both the Proctor and Student Workstations. Training Student accounts have been set up under your school so that Test Administrators can practice on the STW and learn how the STW and PTW interact. The Student Training Module and PTW-STW Interaction video demonstrate the student experience and the interaction between Proctor and Student Workstations. NOTE: These are videos only; there is no audio.
Measured Progress ©2013 30 Training – Quick Start and Quick Reference The Quick Start and Quick Reference Guides can also be used to facilitate Test Administrator training. The Quick Start Guide contains a general overview of the components and an administration checklist for all roles during test administration. The Quick Reference Guide is a step-by-step test administration guide for proctoring test administrations via the workstations. NOTE: Test Administrators must use the Online Science Test Administration Manuals to administer the test during test administration because they contain important scripts and directions.
Measured Progress ©2013 31 Training – Test Administration Manuals Test Administrators are expected to administer the online test in the same manner as the paper-based science test. To ensure uniformity of test administration, Test Administrators must follow the directions and scripts in the Online Science Test Administration Manual during test administration. Online Science Test Administration Manuals are available for download from iServices at http://iservices.measuredprogress.org. http://iservices.measuredprogress.org There is one combined manual for the pilots (both grade 8 and high school); there is one manual each for the operational tests.
Measured Progress ©2013 32 Training – User Guide The User Guide provides detailed instructions for each workstation and can be used for reference during training and testing.
Measured Progress ©2013 33 Training Students for Testing Online Prior to testing, the Student Training Module (optional) can be presented to students. This video provides instructions on the Student Test Workstation (STW) and the tools available to students during testing. This video can be projected at the front of the classroom for students to view prior to testing. NOTE: This module is video only; there is no audio. The pilot items will be available following the pilot test windows as a released item document at http://iservices.measuredprogress.org for review with students prior to operational testing.http://iservices.measuredprogress.org For additional student practice items for use prior to operational test administration, please see the released item documents located on the MDOE website: http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/mearelitems.htm http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/mearelitems.htm
Measured Progress ©2013 34 iTest System Components Three web-based components: Data Administration System (DAS) http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/das/ Used by Test Coordinator to manage test administrator accounts and student rosters and to access Test Status reports Proctor Test Workstation (PTW) http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor Used by Test Administrators to manage administering tests to students Student Test Workstation (STW) Software used by students to take the test Must be installed on each student computer used for testing NOTE: Installers are available on http://iservices.measuredprogress.org for Microsoft Windows and 2012 or previous MLTI Macintosh laptops. 2013 MLTI Macintosh laptop users should access the installer through the Casper Self Service Suite. http://iservices.measuredprogress.org
Measured Progress ©2013 35 iTest System Components – DAS Your Principal or Test Coordinator will complete the following tasks in the Data Administration System (DAS) prior to, during, and following testing: Access documentation and other training and administration resources. Create Test Administrator accounts and distribute login information. Print Training Student Login Tickets for Test Administrators to use for practice with the testing system. Review and update the student roster. Print Student Login Tickets for distribution to students just prior to testing. Monitor testing via the Test Status Report. Print a Test Status Report for school records.
Measured Progress ©2013 36 iTest System Components – PTW Test Administrators will use the Proctor Test Workstation (PTW) to administer tests to students: Accessible at URL: http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor Login – accounts are created by the Test Coordinator in the Data Administration System (DAS) and distributed to Test Administrators. Students will not be able to access the test unless the Test Administrator is logged into the PTW.
Measured Progress ©2013 37 iTest System Components – PTW One PTW must be open in each classroom during testing. The PTW should be a wired (not wireless) machine during testing as disconnection or lapse in connection of the PTW will also disconnect students from the test. The Test Administrator provides a Test Access Code to the students which allows them to log into the test. A new Test Access Code is generated each time a Test Administrator opens a test in the PTW.
Measured Progress ©2013 38 iTest System Components – PTW Test Administrators open, close, pause, and monitor tests and test sessions. As students log into and move through the test session, their status will update on the PTW. Students will not be able to close the test or move to the next session until the proctor closes the test or moves them to the next test session on the PTW.
Measured Progress ©2013 39 iTest System Components – STW Student Test Workstation (STW) software: STW creates Kiosk mode – Students cannot access other applications Browser-based software Uses Firefox Portable Kiosk (FPK) NOTE: Installed as part of STW
Measured Progress ©2013 40 iTest System Components – STW Student Test Workstation (STW) software: Requires students to log in individually – Student Login Tickets are created within the Data Administration System (DAS) and are distributed by the Test Coordinator. Test Administrators should distribute the Student Login Tickets to students just prior to testing. This allows students secure access to the STW. Students enter the Test Access Code provided by the proctor to access the tests.
Measured Progress ©2013 41 Starting the STW – Maine MLTI Open the student kiosks to display the student login page by completing the following: For students using Macintosh Log into the Macintosh computer: If students are using a kiosk that was installed in 2013-14, use user name: mpsc_01 and password: secure If students are using a kiosk that was installed prior to 2013-14, use user name: NECAP and password: P@t3ll@ Open the Applications folder from the dock and launch the Portable Firefox Kiosk application Once testing is complete, each Macintosh computer should be logged out / logged in under its normal account. For students using Windows Double-click the STWKiosk icon on the desktop Click Accept if prompted to view and accept the certificate Students will log into the STW using their Student Login Tickets. They will use the Test Access Code (provided by the proctor) to log into the test.
Measured Progress ©2013 42 Closing the STW – Maine MLTI Once testing is complete, students will log out of the test and the STW. Technology Coordinators may assist with returning the student computers back to their student user accounts. For Macintosh workstations, log out of the mpsc_01 or NECAP user and log in under the student user. For Windows workstations, close the student test workstation application.
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