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Frequently Asked Questions about Test Administration

Can any student request to print items/passages from the test?

No.  Only students with a set accommodation in TIDE can use the print on demand feature during a test.  All accommodations require an IEP/504 plan for the student.  Print on demand is not an accommodation that is accessible to the general student population and should not be used as a way to take a test on paper.  For more information please see the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines.

Are there any supplies that schools need to provide so that universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations can be appropriately implemented?

Schools should determine the number of headphones they will provide (for text-to-speech, as well as for the listening test) and other non-embedded universal tools (e.g., thesaurus), designated supports (e.g., bilingual dictionary), and accommodations (e.g., multiplication table) for students. An alternative is to identify these as items that students will provide on their own.

Why do some students have a different number of test questions than others?

This is the nature of the CAT.  Students will have a slight variation in the number of questions they are presented based on the customized, adaptive test.

Why are some students seeing a different set of stimuli and questions on the online performance task portion of the test, even though they all have the same topic?

Each performance task topic has multiple test forms.  These forms are randomly assigned to students through the test delivery system, so it’s possible that students in the same class are not seeing the same items.

Can universal tools be turned off if it is determined that they will interfere with the student’s performance on the assessment?

Yes. If a TA, TE, or educational team determines that a universal tool might be distracting or that students do not need to or are unable to use them, they can be turned off. This can be done by changing settings in the TA Interface prior to approving student entry into an online test. For additional information on how to change student settings, please see the Test Administrator (TA) User Guide.

What is a roster?

Rosters are groups of students associated with a teacher in a particular school. Rosters typically represent an entire classroom, individual classroom periods, or course subject by grade. They can be created in TIDE for organizational purposes during the test administration. Teachers and Coordinators can view and print out student information by roster from TIDE.

Rosters can also be used in Reporting to view scores for a designated group of students or a class.

Do Test Administrators need to establish a TIDE account before administering the Practice or Training tests?

Students can take the practice or training tests in a proctored test session set up by a test administrator or as guests outside of a proctored test session. Test administrators (TAs) must have an account in TIDE to set proctored test session. TAs will use the same username and password to set up the proctored test session as they use to log into TIDE. We encourage TAs to practice setting up a proctored test session using the practice or training tests so they will have experience with how to do this before administering the summative tests.

Where do I find information on tools, supports, and accommodations?

This information can be found under the Resources section of the portal under your user role of Test Administrator or Test Coordinator, within the User Guides and Manuals folder.