Weekly Update: Tulsa Testing

3/22/2016

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OCCT Parent, Teacher, Student Guides

The OCCT practice test books have arrived! All elementaries (with the exception of Kendall-Whittier and Skelly) will need to come to the Enrollment Center to pick up the Parent, Teacher, Student Guides for the OCCT. Most schools have around 4 boxes. The Enrollment Center hours are 8am-4:30pm. Any staff member from your school is welcome to pick up these materials as long as they have a TPS badge.

OCCT Training

Thursday, March 31st, 9am

2710 East 11th Street

Tulsa, OK

All BTCs are required to attend this training- please contact Erin if this is a scheduling conflict and alternative arrangements need to be made.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

**Don't forget to read the information for ALL BTCs at the bottom of this newsletter!**
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OCCT Boxes-- Delivered!

The OCCT/EOI Parent, Teacher, Student Guides and Test Administration Manuals will be delivered to your school by Wednesday, March 23. We have put the boxes to the attention of the building test coordinator. There are quite a few!

Please remember that the PTSGs are to be used for practice testing and should be sent home with students prior to the administration of the OCCT.

8th Grade Science PTSG erratta

Please see the memo from Measured Progress regarding corrections to the 8th grade science Parent, Teacher, Student Guide. Here is the link to the new PDF for 8th grade Science.


The changes have been made in the online test, however, the paper guides were printed prior to the identification of the errors. As a reminder, a small portion of questions on actual OCCT the science test may contain a technology-enhanced question or a paired multiple-choice question. Your students are encouraged to practice the technology enhanced format online prior to the test.

OCCT Training

Thursday, March 31st, 9am

2710 East 11th Street

Tulsa, OK

All BTCs are required to attend this training- please contact Erin if this is a scheduling conflict and alternative arrangements need to be made.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

**Don't forget to read the information for ALL BTCs at the bottom of this newsletter!**
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EOI Boxes-- DELIVERED!

The OCCT/EOI Parent, Teacher, Student Guides and Test Administration Manuals will be delivered to your school by Wednesday, March 23. We have put the boxes to the attention of the building test coordinator. There are quite a few!

Please remember that the PTSGs are to be used for practice testing and should be sent home with students prior to the administration of the OCCT.

Reminders for ACT for Juniors-- March 29

Please make sure you complete the Non-Test Portions of the Answer Booklet prior to Test Day. They cannot be completed once there are answers in the Answer Document. It will take 1 ½ hours to 1 hour 45 minutes to complete all of the non-test portion activities, so please plan accordingly.


Please note on page 17 of ACT Test Administration Manual, “If examinees have not completed any of sections A-D and N-R before the initial test date, do not permit them to test that day. Instead schedule them for makeup testing and arrange for them to complete the non-test portions before the makeup test date. If you do not, they cannot test on the makeup date either.


Block K will need to be filled in for any student without a yellow name label. Fill in Block K – the ACT code for your high school – yourself. Because the high school code determines which school will receive a copy of the examinee’s ACT score report, and correct reporting is critical, this field is the responsibility of staff at the testing school.

The Verbal Directions for filling out the pre-test day instructions begin on page 19 and end on page 21.


Have your students fill in Box S with four zeroes at the beginning of their student number. Example: a TPS ID of 642356 will become 0000642356 to fill all 10 spaces.


There are three typos in the verbal directions, On page 20, the first paragraph, "find the list of codes" should be founf on page 15. Also, on page 21 – The Student Profile Section is on page 11 of the booklet (not page 7) and the ACT Interest Inventory is on page 14 (not page 10).


We highly recommend you have printed unofficial transcripts for your juniors to use to fill out the High School Course/Grade information section. They use the 2nd semester grade for all year-long classes. Pounded out F's become D's. Students will not put a letter grade in for classes they are still currently taking, even though they have a 1st semester grade.


Students with Special Education accommodations have a different (extended) window for testing due to the requirement that they test in a separate location and/or over multiple days. Because there are so many different scenarios for SPED testing, please contact Becky or Erin directly with questions after consulting the ACT Test Administration Manual for Special Testing (blue print on cover). We are happy to help!

Scheduling Spring Retest

The Measured Progress portal is open for scheduling classes/test sessions for the spring retest window. You can always refer to the MP Help and Support Site for additional information on how to schedule test sessions.

High School Testing Training

Thursday, March 31st, 1pm

2819 South New Haven Avenue

Tulsa, OK

All BTCs are required to attend this training- please contact Erin if this is a scheduling conflict and alternative arrangements need to be made.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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PEARson OAAP

The special education teachers administering the OAAP tests in social studies should all have access to the Oklahoma Pearson Access Next website. Please note, upon first logging into Pearson, the program defaults users to the WINTER 2015-16 test session. Please inform your teachers to change the drop down to SPRING 2015-16 in the upper right corner of the screen.


Teachers will upload student evidence by clicking on TESTS> STUDENT TESTS. Click on the down arrow next to the blue SEARCH button and select the box to 'Show All Results'. Then, select the task 'Score Alternative Student Tests'.


The SDE has a PowerPoint posted for the OAAP Pearson training on their website. Share this with your OAAP special education teachers~ Save yourself some time and jump ahead to Slide 14.


All Pearson portfolios must be completed by May 6th.

Online Practice tests

The online practice tests are available for grades 6-8 and EOI tested subjects. Please use the student log in on your computers and access the practice tests through the testing icon. Chromebooks, laptops and desktops may be used for testing. Please use the following information to access the tests:


Grades 6-8:

  • Student Login: practice
  • Password: testing


EOI (End-of-Instruction)

  • Student Login: practice
  • Password: oklahoma

Online Access Codes

A new security measure has been put in place for on-line testers. Session Access Codes will be required for each on-line test session.


This documentation provides clarification on this enhanced security step within the Test Preparation Manual. The new Session Access Codes information is inserted immediately following Test Sessions on page 17 and it continues through to page 19.

Measured Progress Portal help

There is a PowerPoint posted in our PD360 group showing how to utilize the MP portal to add students, change classes, and also generate test tickets. Log in, go to the BTC group, click on Resources and choose the 2016 OCCT folder. The document is named Measured Progress Spring 2016 OCCT Training FINAL. Please let us know if you are unable to access this information.
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DLM Testing

The testing window for spring DLM is from March 28-May 6. The DLM tests must have both a trained test administrator and trained proctor in the room at all times.

Key Dates for Spring Testing

Measured Progress has released the Key Dates documents for both Spring 2016 OCCT and EOI Testing. You can check it out here.

Important Dates

Mar 28-Apr 8 HS Spring Retest Window

Mar 28-May 6 DLM Testing Window

Mar 29 ACT for Juniors

Mar 31 9AM Training for all Grades 3-8 Testing at Wilson

Mar 31 1PM Training for all High School Testing at Enrollment Center

Apr 11-29 OCCT Paper Test Window (grades 3-8)

Apr 11-May 13 Pre K Early Childhood Inventory Assessment Window

Apr 11-May 6 Online OCCT Spring Test Window (grades 6-8)

Apr 11-May 6 Online/Paper EOI Test Window (MS/HS)

May 6 Deadline for OAAP Pearson Social Studies submissions

Apr 20 Grade 3 Reading Test Return to Enrollment Center by 4pm

Apr 25-May 13 Online CPAA (K-3), MAP (Grade 3) and MPG (K-2) Testing window (RSA)

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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