Computer-Based Testing Information
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News & Notes
Check out the 2020 CBT update video!
Known Issue: Grade 3 Math, Session 2, #36, Students Cannot Enter Some Punctuation Marks in the Answer Box [https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360027535392-Known-Issue-Grade-3-Math-Session-2-36-Students-Cannot-Enter-Some-Punctuation-Marks-in-the-Answer-Box]
Best Practice: Reboot Testing Devices as A First Step for Troubleshooting [https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360002626391-Best-Practice-Reboot-Testing-Devices-as-A-First-Step-for-Troubleshooting]
Clarification point around student absences - CBT makeups can occur any time after the initial administration. Students should test with their peers.
Example 1: Student is absent on April 1 and 2, when CBT is being administered. Student can start CBT makeup (session 1) on April 3.
Example 2: Student is absent on April 2 for the second session of CBT. Student can make up session 2 on April 3.
Example 3: Student is absent for session 1 on April 1. Student should test with peers (during session 2) on April 2. Student can makeup session 1 on April 3.
Question sampler now has 5 empty response boxes.Questar has released an update to the Response Box Samplers to include five “empty” CRs per Response Box Sampler! It is important that students have experience with the navigation and online testing tools prior to sitting for the CBT exams in the spring. Now, when teachers are using this resource in the classroom, students do not need to log out of the sampler after answering one question—they can use the same Sampler for up to five questions without logging out and then accessing the Sampler again. We hope this helps our teachers and students!
Q: Do we update a student's IEP or 504 Plan for CBT?
A [NYSED]: We advise schools that they do not need to update student IEPs or 504 Plans specifically for computer-based testing accommodations wording. Student testing accommodations for CBT do not need to align word-for-word to testing accommodations noted in a student’s IEP or 504 Plan:
- The CSE must determine the best way to deliver a student testing accommodation in CBT
- The student must have practice with the CBT test accommodation prior to testing
- In some instances, a combination of computer-format and paper-format is the best fit
- We recommend that the school, with the CSE, try to match a student’s daily instruction for delivering a test accommodation
WHY CBT? According to students:
- No paper rattling during test.
- No rulers dropping on the floor.
- No hurting wrists.
- Students like the computer test.
- Students like the testing accommodations (many of which can now be done in the same classroom as others).