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Paving the Way for Online Testing in Elementary Schools. Presented by Betty Mills Arlington County. We did it and you can too!. Students Say. Success in APS. Goals for Year One. Get a few volunteers to try online testing at the elementary level Focus on the positive - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Paving the Way for Online Testing in Elementary Schools

    Presented by Betty MillsArlington County

  • We did it and you can too!

  • Students Say

  • Success in APS

    Elementary

    SchoolRatio of computers used to online tests givenPercentage of testing done online2009Percentage of testing done online 2008Percentage of testing done online 2007Percentage of testing done online 2006

    Abingdon34539272588%0%0%0%47379

    ASF37563779559%9%0%0%262405

    ATS682702631197%29%0%0%20682Elementary

    Ashlawn26544340760%17%0%0%178269Secondary

    Barcroft33445959673%66%4%0%125372Division

    Barrett11242038327%18%0%0%308179

    Campbell16729964356%30%0%0%1321752007

    Carlin Springs43457598475%23%0%0%1414682008

    Claremont31233577493%95%0%0%236222009

    Drew57859763997%0%0%0%19586

    Glebe476513192293%95%17%0%37487

    Henry380486301378%41%0%0%106387

    Hoffman-Boston11436448231%7%0%0%250139

    Jamestown18356828732%0%0%0%385183

    Key756836741090%58%15%0%80764

    Long Branch546726331775%7%0%0%180562

    McKinley19163835530%20%17%0%447193

    Nottingham27270590339%0%0%0%433272

    Oakridge51369260974%14%8%0%179546

    Randolph11844720626%0%0%0%329178

    Taylor828941761188%36%9%0%113830

    Tuckahoe76277581998%90%0%0%13770

    Elementary Total:8,74312,5501420670%31%3%38079,448

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    2006

    2007

    2008

    2009

    Percentage of Online Testing In Arlington Public Schools

    All Schools

    SchoolRatio of computers used to online tests givenPercentage of testing done online2009Percentage of testing done online 2008Percentage of testing done online 2007Percentage of testing done online 2006

    Abingdon34539272588%0%0%0%47379

    ASF37563779559%9%0%0%262405

    ATS682702631197%29%0%0%20682

    Ashlawn26544340760%17%0%0%178269

    Barcroft33445959673%66%4%0%125372

    Barrett11242038327%18%0%0%308179

    Campbell16729964356%30%0%0%132175

    Carlin Springs43457598475%23%0%0%141468

    Claremont31233577493%95%0%0%23622

    Drew57859763997%0%0%0%19586

    Glebe476513192293%95%17%0%37487

    Henry380486301378%41%0%0%106387

    Hoffman-Boston11436448231%7%0%0%250139

    Jamestown18356828732%0%0%0%385183

    Key756836741090%58%15%0%80764

    Long Branch546726331775%7%0%0%180562

    McKinley19163835530%20%17%0%447193

    Nottingham27270590339%0%0%0%433272

    Oakridge51369260974%14%8%0%179546

    Randolph11844720626%0%0%0%329178

    Taylor828941761188%36%9%0%113830

    Tuckahoe76277581998%90%0%0%13770

    Elementary Total:8,74312,5501420670%31%3%0%38079,448

    Gunston181318591631198%86%46%16%461859

    Jefferson1831183113713100%88%20%8%01888

    Kenmore234924541781396%89%47%46%1052349

    Swanson2583258418014100%87%32%36%12627

    Williamsburg2997299722613100%90%55%2%03023

    HBW138613892745100%95%89%100%31389

    Wakefield2832284629610100%100%99%6%142880

    Washington Lee342034233729100%90%52%17%33496

    Yorktown34833573492797%84%56%29%903587

    Arlington Mill142142553100%100%100%100%0142

    Career Center221221693100%100%100%99%0233

    Langston4444282100%100%100%100%044

    New Directions8080204100%100%100%100%090

    Teen Parenting7474302100%96%100%100%075

    Secondary School Total23,25523,5172,520999%90%58%45%26223,682

    Arlington Public Schools31,99836,0673,940889%68%38%22%406933,130

  • Goals for Year One

    Get a few volunteers to try online testing at the elementary level Focus on the positive Share results and success with all elementary schools

  • How It Rolled Out in APSYear 1 - 20076 of 22 schools participated3% of tests onlineMost Schools chose:One grade levelOne or two content areasSTCs were enthusiasticPrincipals were pleased

  • We knew that once they tried itthey would love it!

  • Goals for Year Two

    Ask all schools to participateSpace for paper materials was limited and difficult to manageWanted to prepare students for online testing at Middle schoolImmediate test results help with remediation and placement for following year

  • APS Inventory - 2005

  • What We Did - Year 2

    Superintendent encouraged all schools to participateUrged STCs from pilot schools to share their experiencesNudged apprehensive schools by suggesting they test one grade or content areaWorked closely with apprehensive schoolsElicited more feedback

  • Year TwoElementary participation went from 6 schools to 17 schoolsOnline tests from 3% to 31%

  • Year Two3 Schools went over 95% online (two were not pilot schools)

  • Year TwoSupportComprehensive trainingOnline assistance sessionsHeld their hands every step of the wayStep Papers

  • Goal for Year ThreeTo have every elementary school offer online testing in at least one grade level subject

    To help with scheduling we added 2 additional days to the testing window. This ability was the direct result of fewer paper tests to review and prepare for shipment to be scored.

  • Year ThreeAll schools participated70 % of tests were onlineSix schools at 90% or above73% of schools above 55% online4th Grade Student @ Barrett

  • Year ThreeFirst Year School 97% (only PEM on paper)

  • Year ThreeLOVED, LOVED online testing. It is gratifying to get the (near) real-time results so you can impact instruction for the rest of the school year. Erin, STC

    For us, growing the pool of testers by adding one grade at a time brought a needed comfort level to the teachers involved in testing. The third grade teachers loved getting the SOL scores so quickly. The immediacy of the process was very affirming. Angela, STC

  • Do Your ResearchState certification comes firstBandwidthRequirement 1:5 computers to studentsNo stipulation as to ratio that must be available for testingAPS schools all levels certified 2006

    IT support in the schoolsYou need solid IT help & support

  • APS Approach Year 1Brief the PrincipalsInform the ITCsKeep IT personnel up to date

  • Get the Word OutBrief your PrincipalsShare the benefitsOnline audio, immediate scores, one test item per page, opportunity to reviewOnline practice testsSupports technology initiativesPrepares students for online testing is Middle schoolForces old school teachers to move into the 21st century!

  • Get the Word OutBrief your PrincipalsShare the hindrancesSome accommodations not availableLack of practice tests for content areas other than readingPossible scheduling changesShare districts online history @ secondary level

  • Students SayIt was SO MUCH better. Only one question at a time-just one! I didnt have to worry about all the other questions. I wasnt stressed at all.5th grade student at ATS

  • Students Say

    From a special ed student calling out to the teacher: I need to tell you something and you are are not going to like itbut this test is easy!From the teacher: Remarkably, students do not need to use the restroom or get drinks during online testing. Paper and pencil takers are constantly parading to restrooms and to get drinks.

  • Get the Word OutInform Your STCsBenefits vs. HindrancesRequirementsTrainingComputer availabilitySchedulingRoles of testing personnelWho to test and howAccommodations

  • Get the Word OutKeep IT Personnel Up to DateEquipment requirementsTestNavTrainingTroubleshootingRoles of IT personnel during testingDevelop a close working relationship with IT department

  • Online Pilot TestingAsk for Volunteer SchoolsChoose Schools with:Principals endorsementEnthusiastic STCWilling and supportive IT personnelProvide Comprehensive Training STCs and ITParticipation Plan

  • Online Pilot TestingRequire a Participation PlanWill enable you to see trouble spots beforehandWill inform you of unusual circumstances that may require more time or hardwareGood indication to IT as to time / personnel required for setting up computers

  • ObstaclesBandwidth?APS dedicated a separate server for Elementary School Testing

  • Obstacles

    No fulltime STCsShared ITCs

    Schedule from each school was necessary.We did not allow any school to test if there was no ITC in the building.

  • ObstaclesLack of space

  • Support SupportSupport!

  • Support Through Team WorkKenny designated as TestNav authorityBetty administration authorityMichelle policy

    Team kept each other informed andcommunicated with everyone principals, ITCs, STCs

  • Support Through TrainingEnsured each group understoodProctor cachingTest ticketsPrinting answers in case of EWSTurning on computers in prep for testingDefined roles for each groupSet up chain of events in case of a problem

  • Emergency Plan

  • Where to Start

    Form a Team All PitchersEnthusiasm is the Game PlanPrepare for the Foul Balls and Strike OutsStart with Bunts Home Runs will Follow!

  • Make Their Lives Easier

    Use Electronic FormsProvide Online Training & Help sessionsAccommodations Excel FileePATS involve teachers & parentsElicit feedback along the way

  • Credits for Our Success

    We built on previous success at secondary levelExtolled the benefitsPromised support and followed throughSolicited feedback & shared itReported progress through statisticsWord of mouth among STCs

  • And the Best Part WasBuilt cooperation between IT department, ITCs, STCs, Principals and the Testing Office by:Highly organized approachBeing always availableWorking through worst case scenariosUsing feedback to improve processes each yearGreatly improved our relation

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