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Title: Online Test of Computer Skills Update


1
Online Test of Computer Skills Update
Information on Other Online Assessment Efforts
February 15 16 2006 Accountability
Conference Greensboro, NC
  • Presenters
  • Scott Ragsdale
  • Randy Craven

2
Session Purpose
  • Cover the results of the Pilot Administration of
    the Online Test of Computer Skills
  • Review the current/recent events
  • Review the Computer Skills Alternate Assessment
  • Review the spring 2006 test activities
  • Review the Physics Online Feasibility Study
  • Review EOC Online 2006-07

3
2005 Online Test of Computer Skills Pilot
Administration
  • Purpose of the pilot administration was to deploy
    the operational Online Test of Computer Skills
    with delayed reporting
  • LEAs were requested to test all 8th grade
    students so that standard setting could be set on
    census data
  • Provided high stakes data for standard setting

4
2005 Pilot Administration Results
  • 109,584 students tested
  • 99 students completing administration
  • 98 of students finished in 130 minutes or less
  • 432 experimental items/embedded 18 items for
    each student
  • 99 SIQ data collected for Students Tested

5
2005 Pilot Administration Results
  • 120,157 students registered for Online Test of
    Computer Skills
  • 302 students registered for Computer Skills
    Alternate Assessment
  • 745 schools with 8th grade students tested
  • 97 schools with non-8th grade students tested
  • 3,094 non-8th grade students tested

6
2005 Pilot Administration Results Percentage of
Platforms Used
7
2005 Pilot Administration Results
  • 679 Teachers responded to surveys for
    experimental items
  • 375 schools provided teacher survey responses
  • Total Teacher Surveys Completed 44 of schools
    with successful completions
  • 568 Help Desk tickets created for Computer Skills
    or NCDesk
  • 263 Help Desk tickets created for NCRegistration
  • 166 Help Desk tickets classified as irregularity
    or misadministration processing

8
Current/Recent Activities
  • Pilot Administration Completed
  • Computer Skills Alternate Assessment Bias Review
    and Form Review
  • North Carolina Computer Skills Advisory Committee
  • Standard Setting Process
  • Recommendation to the State Board of Education

9
Next Steps
  • NCDPI Report of Activities and recommendation of
    standards to the State Board of Education
  • March 1-2 State Board of Education Action on
    First Read
  • March 6 Release Scale Scores and Pass/Fail
    status to LEA Test Coordinators
  • March 6 Scores released via NCRegistration and
    available in CSV format

10
Adjustments to Spring 2006 Testing
  • NCDesk Update
  • Client side and server side adjustments to reduce
    error messages presented to students during the
    test
  • Continue button re-labeled to Next Section
  • Before Next Section button is activated, students
    will be required to check that they understand
    they will not be able to return to the section
  • Resuming students returned more often to the last
    item acted upon
  • No students permitted to be returned to a section
    once completing the test

11
Adjustments to Spring 2006 Testing
  • LEA Test Coordinators will have the ability in
    NCRegistration to reset tests
  • Reset ID number for tracking purposes
  • Put reset ID number on misadministration
    documentation
  • Only students not passing or not having begun a
    test will be allowed to test

12
Next Administration Notes
  • Spring Semester Testing Window
  • March 20, 2006 June 16, 2006
  • Summer Testing Window
  • July 1, 2006 July 28, 2006
  • Sight impaired may have to use the Computer
    Skills Alternate Assessment until JAWS
    compatibility issues are resolved
  • No Teacher Survey needed for Spring

13
Score Reporting Schedule Spring 2006
14
Computer Skills Alternate Assessment
  • Proficiency test used to meet standard
  • Comparable standard to Online Test of Computer
    Skills
  • Who should do this?
  • Must register student(s) in NCRegistration to
    receive materials
  • Files available on TNN
  • Local scanning/scoring
  • SIQs to be completed on NCRegistration

15
EOC-Physics Online Feasibility Study
  • Register students in NCRegistration beginning in
    April
  • Browser-based online assessment
  • More info on http//cuacs8.mck.ncsu.edu/physics
  • Virtual Simulations used on last 4 items
  • 1 Flash Format
  • 2 Java Format with files to load
  • Soft section breaks unlike Online Test of
    Computer Skills students can navigate forward
    and backward across the entire test until
    completed
  • SIQ completion required before student can be
    started
  • Standard administrations to be completed on the
    same day

16
EOC Online 2006-07
  • Optional
  • Entire SchoolSubject must either use all online
    or all paper-pencil
  • NCDPI is planning to print enough materials for
    all students in the state to take paper-pencil
    tests.
  • Registering Scheduling to be done on
    NCRegistration
  • Format follows Physics Feasibility Study (with
    adjustments)
  • SIQs required to be completed in order to test
  • Students will have to complete on the same day
    unless they have an accommodation recorded in SIQ
  • Technical problem can be allowed as a valid
    reason for letting a student return on another
    day. This process will have to be set up in
    NCRegistration.
  • May need to have a lottery for number of students
    and/or session slots a per subject per day
    quantity will likely have to be established in
    order to keep the test servers responsive to
    students.
  • 3 week window at end of course for student
  • 6 week window that will be open for sessions to
    be scheduled for fall and spring

17
Thank You!
  • The success of one is most often the result of
    the struggle and resolve of a thousand.

18
Q A
  • Online Test of Computer Skills
  • Computer Skills Alternate Assessment
  • EOC-Physics Online Feasibility Study
  • EOC Online 2006-07

19
Additional Resources
  • http//cskills.ncsu.edu/nccs/
  • http//cskills.ncsu.edu/ncdesk/
  • http//www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/computer
    skills/
  • http//community.learnnc.org/dpi/tech/
  • http//www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/test
    ing/computerskills/
  • http//tps.dpi.state.nc.us/
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