- Advise students not to touch the microphones during the test.
- Some headsets have volume and mute buttons on the cord. Consider covering the buttons with tape or cardboard to prevent mid-session adjustments.
- Seat students about an arm’s length between each other if possible.
- Test the class in halves or thirds to reduce background noise.
- Have a plan for students when they finish (read a book, return to class).
Students may take the test in small or large groups. Classrooms and computer labs are both suitable for testing. To minimize background noise, maintain a calm environment, away from open windows or loud fans. Seat students an arm’s length apart. Proctors should be mindful of their own voices too, and not call out to the class while students are testing.
Students should wear the headphones over their ears and adjust them so they fit comfortably. The microphones should ideally be two finger‘s widths away from the corners of their mouths, not closer.
Some students may try to cup their hands around the microphone. This can interfere with recording, so ask them not to touch the mic while testing. Caution students against pressing buttons on the headset. You may also consider taping over any volume and mute buttons on the headsets to make sure students do not try to adjust them.
Getting Students Started
Students take tests directly through the Chrome browser. Be sure you are using the most up-to-date version of the Chrome browser. For mobile devices, an iOS application will also be available in late fall 2018.
Students log into the testing application at https://readingfluency.mapnwea.org/studentlogin.
After logging in, students should click the green worm that says “Let’s Read,” followed by “Go.” (The other option—Mission Control—is the entry point to MAP Skills.)
If the Mouse Readiness Check is selected, it will be presented first, followed by a two-part sequence of repeat-after-me style microphone screening tasks. The students will receive an on-screen prompt to raise their hands once the check is completed. If the Volume Readiness Check is selected, students taking an Adaptive Oral Reading test will have a short volume check before the test begins, and students assigned a Foundational Skills test will begin the test immediately.
The mouse and microphone readiness checks are intended to prevent students from beginning the test if they are unable to follow the directions, speak aloud when prompted, or maneuver the mouse. If a student struggles with either readiness check, he or she will be locked out of the test.
You can decide if you want the student to try the readiness check again, take it later (after getting more mouse practice), or skip it completely.
To take the readiness check again:
Click Try Again under Need Help with Equipment to reset. The student will start from the beginning of the mouse readiness check after logging back in. The student can log back in immediately, or after you feel that he or she has had enough mouse practice to try again.
Open Assignments, and toggle to the microphone.
When you toggle to the microphone icon under Assignments, the student will bypass the longer readiness check and perform only the volume check. This check cannot be disabled.
- Tell students to use a regular speaking voice, and observe. You can play back the audio to further evaluate what is going wrong. See Student Reports for directions on playing back audio.
- Check to make sure the mute button isn’t pressed.
- Try switching headphones.
- Check to make sure there aren’t loud background noises being picked up by the headphones, such as an open window or a fan. Fans and other white noise are particularly disruptive.
- Finally, try switching computers.
The assessment typically takes about 20 minutes and can be completed in one sitting. If students need to take a break or stop for the day, three options are available:
Use the pause button that appears during certain instruction screens. It appears before all timed subtests. However, it does not appear after students have reached the oral reading passage section.
Before starting the oral reading tasks, wait before clicking the green button. The test will not continue until the student clicks.
- Closing the browser window will automatically pause the test. When a student logs back in, content will be presented starting from beginning of the last unscored activity. If you plan to have a student resume testing at another time, try to exit the test at one of the natural stopping places listed above.
In-progress tests that have been paused (actively or by default, such as power failure) will resume automatically when the student logs back in.
However, if needed, you can start over, which discards any in-progress test results. From the Teacher Dashboard, find the student’s name under In-progress Tests and click Start Over:
Note: The system maintains only one active session at a time, which means you cannot keep one session paused while you start another test for the same student.
Tips for Testing Multiple Students on the Same Computer
In school environments student accounts are often configured to forget settings upon logout. If possible, keep the machines used to test students logged in between different student users.
The most likely factor affected by logout is that the Chrome browser will no longer be authorized to use the microphone. Make sure to allow Chrome to use the microphone prior to student testing by conducting a hardware check— see Performing a Hardware Check. You can check in the address bar whether Chrome is authorized to use the microphone on the Reading Fluency website. If it is not, allow it from the address bar or conduct another hardware check to get the prompt to authorize microphone use.
To change microphone settings using the address bar:
- Click on the padlock next to the word Secure in the address bar.
Make sure that the drop-down next to Microphone is set to Allow. If it isn‘t, choose Always allow on this site.