Weekly Update: Tulsa Testing

12/1/2015

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5th Grade Writing Test <Action Required 12/17>

We will take care of certifying the students for the 5th grade writing test. However, in order to do this, we need each site to please submit a list of all 5th graders who will be assessed on the OAAP platform on Dynamic Learning Maps. Students who are identified on the pre-code as being OAAP will not receive a test label, making things MUCH easier on you!


Please use the form available on the PD360, Tulsa Public Schools BTCs, located under Resources. Complete the form and email it to Erin by December 17, 2015. If you do not have any 5th graders who will be assessed on the OAAP test, please email Erin to let her know.


If you have any questions, please contact Erin.

**Don't forget to read the information for ALL BTCs at the bottom of this newsletter!**
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8th Grade Writing Test <Action Required 12/17>

We will take care of certifying the students for the 8th grade writing test. However, in order to do this, we need each site to please submit a list of all 8th graders who will be assessed on the OAAP platform on Dynamic Learning Maps. Students who are identified on the pre-code as being OAAP will not receive a test label, making things MUCH easier on you!


Please use the form available on the PD360, Tulsa Public Schools BTCs, located under Resources. Complete the form and email it to Erin by December 17, 2015. If you do not have any 8th graders who will be assessed on the OAAP test, please email Erin to let her know.


If you have any questions, please contact Erin.

Info for 8th Grade Science Test-- Share with Teachers!

This year marks the first year that all of the 8th grade assessments administered in April will be provided to students online. The Science test will contain a number of technology enhanced items, including drop downs, hot spots, drag & drop, etc. In order to better prepare students for success in this experience, it is strongly encouraged that the students take full advantage of the online practice test. The online practice tests will be available sometime after winter break. Updates will be shared as information is available on the release of the practice test.
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EXPLORE CDs

Don't forget, if you haven't already, please turn in your EXPLORE CDs and the letter with the access code for opening the CD. We need these for loading scores onto PowerSchool. You may deliver in person or send in school mail- thank you in advance!
**Don't forget to read the information for ALL BTCs at the bottom of this newsletter!**
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ACT for Juniors- Test Accommodations <Action Required by 12/11>

ACT must approve all accommodations for the ACT assessment administered in March. In order for students to receive accommodations, schools must first obtain Parent Consent to release information to ACT. The BTC needs to request access to the ACT Test Accessibility and Accommodations System. Once you have access and request the CCRIS, you will be able to access the Test Accommodations.


The ACT Accommodations Manual is available here with detailed steps.


All of the required IEP documents must be uploaded to the ACT Accommodations System by December 11th.


The Oklahoma ACT testing webpage is available here.

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State Testing FAQs

Do you have some questions and concerns about testing next semester? Take a moment to check out the SDE's Testing FAQs document to help answer some of your burning questions about testing!
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Computer Support on Windows XP

As a reminder, no testing is supported on Windows XP computers. XP is no longer a supported system within TPS. Please make sure testing labs have Windows 7 or higher loaded. Some of your computers at your site may meet the requirements for loading Windows 7, however, this does cost approximately $51 per computer.

DLM Resources

**Please share this information with your SPED teachers administering the OAAP assessments**


The Dynamic Learning Maps Resource page has several useful tools for educators. This includes:


  • Familiar texts used on the assessment, by grade level, avalable for classroom instruction.
  • A comprehensive list of materials often used in assessing ELA and Math testlets, arranged by grade level.
  • Videos to walk teachers through an ELA, Writing, or Math assessment, demonstrating how to administer the testlet.

DLM Teacher Training Certification

Once your Special Education teachers who will be administering the DLM OAAP tests have completed their DLM training, please have them forward a copy of their training certificate to Becky.

Important Dates

Nov 30-Dec 11 EOI Paper/Pencil Winter Test Window


Nov 30- Jan 8 EOI Online Test Window


Dec 11 ACT Accommodations deadline for testing 11th graders


Dec 17 List of 5th/8th OAAP testers due to Erin

Helpful Documents

STATE LINKS:

IEP/504 Accommodation Manual

ELL Accommodation Manual

SDE Non-Standard Accommodations

MP Help Website

SDE Test Preparation Manual

State Testing FAQs


TPS LINKS:

2015-16 District Testing Calendar

PD360 Website

TPS Assessment Website

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