Testing Students

After preparations are complete, you are ready to test your students.

Overall Testing Tips

  • 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.
  • Use an external mouse with laptops instead of the trackpad.
  • Give 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).

Testing Environment

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.

Getting Students Started

Students take tests directly through a Chrome browser. For mobile devices, an iOS application will also be available in late fall 2017.

Students log into the testing application at https://readingfluency.mapnwea.org/studentlogin. Be sure you are using the most up-to-date version of the Chrome browser.

After logging in, students should click the green worm that says “Let’s Read.” The other option—Mission Control—is the entry point to MAP Skills.

The test will begin automatically after clicking Let’s Read. If the mouse readiness check is enabled, it will be presented first, followed by a three-part sequence of “repeat-after-me” style microphone screening tasks. If it is not enabled, students will be greeted by the narrator, and then test content will begin.

Headset Adjustments:

Students should wear the headphones over their ears and adjust them so they fit comfortably. The microphone should be near the corner of their mouths, but not too close. Aim for two finger widths away.

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. You may also consider taping over any volume and mute buttons on the headset to make sure children do not try to adjust them. Otherwise, just caution students against pressing buttons on the headset.

If Students Become Locked Out

The mouse and microphone readiness check are intended to prevent students from beginning the test if they are unable to follow the directions, speak aloud when prompted, and maneuver the mouse. If a student struggles with either readiness check, he or she becomes locked out of the test.

Students who are locked out appear in the middle column of the Teacher Dashboard. Decide whether to retake now, take it later (after getting more mouse practice), or skip it completely.

  1. Click Try Again to reset and start from the beginning of the mouse readiness check, after logging back in.

  2. Optional—To skip the readiness check, 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 only this simple check will be performed. This check cannot be disabled.

Resolving Headset Issues

Students may fail the microphone check if they are speaking too loudly, too softly, at the wrong time, or not at all.

  • Tell the student to use their regular speaking voice, and observe. You can play back the audio to further evaluate what is going wrong. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:
  • 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.

TIP: In school environments student accounts are often configured to forget settings upon log out. 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. You can check whether the testing website is allowed to use the microphone by going to Chrome > Preferences > Advanced > Content Settings > Microphone. A list of allowed and blocked websites will appear.

Pausing and Resuming

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:

  1. Use the pause button that appears during certain instruction screens. It appears before all timed sub-tests. However, it does not appear after students have reached the oral reading passage section.

  2. Before starting the oral reading tasks, wait before clicking the green button. The test will not continue until the student clicks.

  3. 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 Paused Tests and click Start Over:

Note: The system only maintains one active session at a time, which means you cannot keep one session paused while you start another test for the same student.

 

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