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Title: Welcome to PARCC Field Test Training!

Welcome to PARCC Field Test Training!
  • Presented by the PARCC Field Test Team

  • 1. Overview
  • Participating schools
  • Paper and online
  • Grades and test sessions
  • Technology set-up
  • 2. Proctoring the test
  • Calculator
  • Testing accommodations
  • Testing Protocols
  • 3. Conducting an Infrastructure Trial
  • We will run our own trial session here!
  • Create test sessions and assign students
  • Initialize Proctor Caching
  • Get the students started.
  • Run and end the test.

1. Overview
  • This year, we are running a Field Test of the
    PARCC exam, to prepare us for full-scale testing
    in the future.
  • Approximately 11 of our students will be tested.
  • 47 schools will be doing online testing.
  • 17 schools will be doing paper testing.
  • Students nor schools will receive scores.
  • Purpose of field test is to test the reliability
    of the items.
  • Field testing allows us to view how items will be
    presented and to help work out kinks for online

Overview Schedule and Subjects
  • Schools testing PBA (Performance-Based
    Assessment) will test
  • March 24 April 25
  • Schools testing EOY (End of Year) will test
  • May 5 May 21
  • Schools who are testing both PBA and EOY
  • PBA Assessment is March 24 April 11
  • EOY Assessment is May 5 May 21
  • The tested subjects are Math and/or English
    Language Arts (ELA).

Overview Roles
  • There is one Test Coordinator per school.
  • That person oversees the Test Administrators.
  • There should be one Test Administrator per test
  • A Test Administrator may be assisted by Proctors.
  • All Test Administrators and Proctors must be
    trained prior to administering or monitoring a
    testing session.
  • See the Test Coordinator manuals on PearsonAccess
    for more detailed definitions and descriptions of
    who may serve in those roles.

Key Responsibilities of Field Test Coordinator
  • Be familiar with relevant manuals
  • Establish and communicate test schedule
  • Develop Security Plan, including Chain-of-Custody
  • Develop Training Plan
  • Plan ahead to provide accommodations for those
    who are permitted to use them
  • Meet with Test Administrators meet with
  • Confirm headphones, calculators, and necessary
    test materials are available
  • Securely destroy test materials as detailed in
    Coordinators manual

Overview Test sessions
  • Each participating class will need to take the
    test over two or three Sessions per subject/test.
  • A single session will have a total time of 60 to
    120 minutes depending on the class and session.
  • Extended time beyond the allotted session time is
    permitted for students with that accommodation
  • Each session must be done within one day.
  • Two sessions of a test may be done within one
    day, but not three in one day.
  • A class break should be given between sessions if
    more than one is done within a day.
  • Create one test session online for a two or
    three-session test.

Overview Test sessions
  • Example The third grade ELA test has three PBA
    sessions and two EOY sessions.
  • See the Test Coordinator Manual for
    Computer-based Testing for all grades.
  • The amount of time allotted for each test session
    consists of Session Time and Additional Time
  • The total session time includes any individual
    interruptions (e.g., bathroom breaks).

Overview Technology Set-up
  • Over the last two weeks, field and site
    technicians have been setting up your school for
    the field test.
  • Updating IE and Java
  • Setting up a TUSD user account that takes the
    student right to the exam
  • Video player
  • At each school, one computer has been designated
    as the Proctor Cache.
  • The Proctor Cache downloads the test content from
    the Pearson website, for download by the testing
    (client) machines.
  • This computer is not to be used by a student for
  • Please be aware of which labs and which computers
    have been set up.

Running the PARCC test requires cooperation of
several entities
Content Filters Firewalls Proxies TestNav District
IT Communications
Important Notices District-specific PARCC
District Technology Staff
District School Testing Staff
School Technology Staff
Firewalls Proctor Caching TestNav District IT
Special Alerts IT-specific and School
Coordinator-specific New Tools New
Processes White Papers Important Notices
Pearson Communication
2. Proctoring the test.
  • Calculators
  • Testing accommodations
  • Security Protocols
  • Testing Protocols

  • Tests for grades 3-5 do not involve use of a
  • For grades 6-8, there is a built-in virtual
    calculator in the test, in the calculator part.
  • For high school, there is not a built-in
    calculator. It is recommended to supply hand-held
    calculators for the test.
  • Keep track of calculator and non-calculator
    sections of a test.
  • For high school, the calculators should be
    consistent with the TI-84.

Calculators and accommodations
  • Accessibility features that are for ALL students
    are embedded in the computer
  • Accommodations on IEPs, 504s, and ELLs require
    selection during student test registration.
  • Appendix D of the Coordinators manual lists all
    accessibility features and accommodations and
    content area and tests permitted.
  • Accommodations that have been used must be
    indicated on the student registration record

  • Is an Accessibility Feature for math.
  • Or Accommodation for ELA/Literacy Assessment.
  • A test administrator giving a Read-Aloud will
    need a Proctor Authorization Ticket in order to
    access the test administrator copy of the test.

Accommodations Documentation
  • There is much information on accessibility and
    accommodations in the manuals and training
    modules at PearsonAccess.
  • Test Coordinator Manual, Appendix D
  • www.parcconline.org/parcc-accessibility-features-a
  • Accessibility Features and Accommodations
    Training Module

Security Protocols
  • All staff involved in testing must sign security
    agreement and kept for 3 years.
  • Distribute and collect materials from Test
  • Implement a Chain-of-Custody plan which ensures
    that test materials are accounted for before,
    during, and after the test administration.

Computer-Based Test Materials
  • Student Authorization Tickets for student log-in
    printed by TC
  • Printed Seal Codes (for accessing individual
    sessions within a test)
  • Mathematics Reference Sheets supplied by
  • Blank scratch Paper - 2 pages per student per
  • Headphones required only for ELA/Literacy or
    accessibility features for Math assessments
  • Calculators - where permitted in Math tests

Testing Protocols
  • Sessions must be administered in order.
  • Schedule sessions for entire allotted time.
  • Students who finish early may read or do
    classwork that is unrelated to test content.
  • Student may not leave test room if finish early.
  • Bathroom breaks permitted, one at a time.
  • At discretion of test administrator, permitted
    ONE class break up to 3 minutes.
  • No student may go onto next session before All
    students in session have completed the session.
  • Test protocol breaches are reported to TC who
    then contacts Cindy.

More Testing Protocols
  • Test Administrator must actively proctor at all
  • Prohibited Materials during testing
  • Materials that define, explain, or illustrate
    terms in the subject area tested
  • Graphic organizers
  • Word lists
  • Number lines
  • Math charts, including those with formulas
  • Definitions
  • No cell phones or music devices

3. Conducting an Infrastructure Trial
  • An Infrastructure Trial is a simulation of a
    test, with sample, or dummy students.
  • This is distinct from the Field Test, which is
    done with real students.
  • You will need do an Infrastructure Trial at your
    school, at least to ensure that the technology is
    set up well.
  • At your school Let the test administrators be
    the sample students.
  • We will now run an Infrastructure Trial, with you
    as the sample students.
  • A document for running an infrastructure trial
    has been prepared by our own Technology Services.
  • Lets go

Infrastructure Trial
  • Please log into your computer with a special TUSD
    account created for the test
  • Username parcctester
  • Password 123456
  • You will see the creation of a test session.
  • The sample test will have two sessions/sections
  • ELA (please take 5-7 minutes)
  • Math (please take 10-12 minutes)
  • We will then see how to end a session.
  • Note In the Field Test, do not Stop a session
    until the two or three parts of the test are done
    (even if different sessions are done over more
    than one day).

4. Preparing Your School
  • Training of your Test Administrators should
    consist of
  • Their reading of the Test Administrator manual
    (online or paper).
  • Viewing the online training sessions on the
    PearsonAccess website.
  • Having their students go through a tutorial and
    sample test items.
  • Conducting an Infrastructure Trial at your school.

  • Relevant documentation can be found at the
    PearsonAccess Website using the Support Tab
  • Pearson Access User Guide
  • Test Coordinator Manual for Computer-Based
  • Test Administrator Manual for Computer-Based
  • Accessibility Features and Accommodations
    Training Module
  • Note References in training modules to student
    data uploads maybe safely ignored.

The PearsonAccess Website
  • Go to www.pearsonaccess.com, and choose PARCC in
    the drop-down menu.

The PearsonAccess Website
  • For documentation and training, use the relevant
    links in the Support tab,

The PearsonAccess Website
  • The PearsonAccess website has two sections for
    which you need distinct accounts to enter.
  • Training site Here is where you set up an
    Infrastructure Trial.
  • Home Also called the Live, or Development site.
    Here is where you set up sessions for the Field

The PearsonAccess Website
  • To run an infrastructure trial, you need an
    account on the Training side of the website.

The PearsonAccess Website
  • To run the Field Test, you need an account on the
    Live, or Development side of the website.

Tutorial and Sample Test
  • For online testing Each school is required to
    allow participating students to go through a
    Tutorial and Sample Items , to become familiar
    with the online testing environment.
  • Must be done at least one day before the test.
  • These are available at
  • http//practice.parcc.testnav.com
  • Look for tabs
  • Sample Items
  • Tutorial
  • Descriptions of sample items
  • http//www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prot

The important links are (1) Sample Items and (2)
Tutorial and Sample Items
  • Unlike the actual test, students do not need to
    log in to a testing website to see the sample
  • There are no security protocols for this.
  • Viewing sample items might not work if the
    computers have not been set up to meet testing
  • A field or site tech should have by now set up
    your campus for testing.
  • It should take approximately 30 minutes to
    administer and review the Tutorial and Sample
  • Please go over these on your own before doing
    this with your students.

  • It is recommended to have students view the
    Tutorial before looking at the Sample Test.
  • The Tutorial describes features that the students
    will see while taking a test, including
  • Navigation
  • Toolbar

Tutorial Test Interface Features
  • Navigation
  • Within one section
  • Section-to-section
  • Exiting the test
  • Review List all questions, showing
  • Completed
  • Not completed
  • Flagged
  • Math tools (math tests only)
  • Calculator
  • Ruler and protractor
  • Toolbar
  • Equation editor

Tutorial Test Interface Features
  • Pointer
  • Selecting an answer
  • Dragging an answer
  • Select or de-select an image
  • Answer eliminator (for multiple-choice)
  • Visual aids
  • Line reader
  • Change background and foreground color
  • Magnifier

  • Make sure that your students have the opportunity
    to go through the tutorial and practice using the
  • During the tutorial, you may help a student
    navigate the test.
  • During the test, you will not be allowed to help
    a student enter answers.

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Sample Test
  • There are example questions that show different
    ways of entering an answer
  • Multiple choice with clickable buttons
  • Drag an answer to a box
  • Type an answer
  • Choose an answer from a drop-down menu
  • We have seen these features when during the
    infrastructure trial.

5. Live Workshop
  • Thanks for being here, and for your past,
    present, and future work!
  • Lets do one more thing get started in creating
    an Infrastructure Trial for your school.
  • Define test sessions.
  • Add sample students to your sessions.
  • You should then be ready to conduct your own
    infrastructure trial.
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