|MHRIC_Testing||04/04/19 11:15:30||FAQ Guidance From NYSED |
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|MHRIC_Testing||04/03/19 16:41:30||MHRIC Advisory: CBT Testing|
Based on the statewide call with NYSED this afternoon,
the state is requesting schools to stagger grades that
are tested by computer, and is emphasizing that their top
priority is for students to have a positive testing
NYSED is advising the following schedule to stagger
1) Schools who started a test session 1 on Tuesday, April
2 and want to complete session 2 for that grade should do
so on Thursday, April 4 or Friday, April 5.
2) In addition, schools should plan to test grades 5 and
8 on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5.
3) If schools have not planned to test grades 5 or 8
and/or they have already finished testing grades 5 and 8
on computer, then the school can substitute a different
grade level for CBT testing for Thursday or Friday.
However, NYSED emphasized their flexibility and that
districts who may not be able to meet the schedule as
published and need to adhere to their original schedule
may do so.
Please be advised that per SED, the ELA test
administration period will end on April 12, and any
communication you may wish to send to the department
should be sent to Office of State Assessment (OSA) at
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc Dr. Mariah
The Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center stands ready
to support your successful test administration.
Gene Knudsen, Director, MHRIC
Dr. Charles Khoury, District Superintendent, Ulster BOCES
Dr. Mariah Adin, Manager of Analytics and Coordinated
Support Services, MHRIC
|MHRIC_Testing||04/03/19 14:53:56||NYSED Guidance-More After 3pm Today|
We will update this after the 3pm call today.
First, we want to thank you again for your patience as we
worked toward the best way to move ahead with operational
CBT ELA this week. We are extending the primary CBT
testing window until end of the day Friday, April 12,
2019. We want all of ours schools to understand that we
are trying to be flexible and trying to listen to the
information you are providing to us as we make decisions.
The Department has released the following guidance on
NYSED.gov. We are also sharing additional details
directly with you below to help you plan this week:
We are going to implement a staggered approach this week
for completing the spring CBT ELA testing administration.
We want our schools to test in the following organized
manner tomorrow and Friday to limit the number of grades
and students testing simultaneously throughout the state:
· Schools should plan to test grades 5 and 8 on
Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5
· If schools have not planned to test grades 5 or
8 or they have already finished testing grades 5 and 8 on
computer, then the school can select one different grade
level to test CBT in their school
· In addition, if a school has already tested a
session 1 grade level on Tuesday, April 2 and wants to
complete their session 2 for that grade, then the school
can plan to complete their session 2 for that grade
level’s CBT exams on Thursday, April 4 or Friday, April 5
Students should never be asked to retake a Grades 3-8 ELA
and math assessment.
If your school’s CBT administration plan does not fall
into any of the above categories, please let us know. We
will be meeting with our RIC CBT Working Group colleagues
at 3:00 today to assist further and hear from them if
there are any additional issues we need to address.
|MHRIC_Testing||04/03/19 14:24:46||Awaiting NYSED Guidance For 4/4|
Dear CBT Administrator:
We are currently waiting for guidance from NYSED. There
is a conference call scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today, and
we are anticipating guidance at that time.
We appreciate your patience and we will be notifying you
immediately as soon as we receive guidance. Please
continue to check the https://cbtstat.mhric.org/status/
page for real-time status updates.
|MHRIC_Testing||04/03/19 09:54:52||April 3rd Plan|
Status: There should be no new computer-based testing (CBT)
sessions started today by students.
Schools should use Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to review test
sessions for any students who had difficulty submitting their
Updated Guidance to Confirm Test Sessions are Complete
A student’s test session status in the Questar Secure Browser
should display “Completed” and the Nextera Administration
system should display ”Finished”.
Upon accessing the Questar Secure Browser, students should
see a "Completed" status for the test session that
encountered the "Test not submitted" message yesterday:
Choose you test
Grade 6 | Grade 6 ELA | Practice 1 Complete
Grade 6 | Grade 6 ELA | Practice 2 Start Test
If the student tested on session 2 on Tuesday, both boxes
should be grayed out and say “Completed”.
If a student is not available to access the Secure Browser
to review and, if necessary, submit the test session, then a
test administrator and one other school testing
administrator, should work together to review and submit the
test session for the student.
Please remember to have the school's Proctor PIN on-hand to
assist students with re-accessing paused test sessions.
To check Nextera Admin, a district or building level user
should click on the tests tab, click tests and then click on
the “View” button for any class that was testing yesterday,
April 2nd. The total items completed should be the total for
the session and the status should be “Finished” for any
session that should have been completed. Any other results
should be questioned. i.e. Did the student just not answer
some questions, did the student go home sick, was the student
If the student truly did not finish the test, they may sign
on today or tomorrow to finish.
Session 1: Finished 35
Session 2: Finished 7
If the student finished the session being worked on and does
not have the “Finished” status or an explanation as to why,
please let us know at the RIC and we will follow up for you.
|MHRIC_Testing||04/02/19 14:10:48||NYSED: April 3rd designated as non-CBT Testing Day|
From NYSED: "In light of reports of CBT technical
difficulties from the field, the New York State Education
Department (NYSED) has designated tomorrow, Wednesday, April
3rd as a CBT non-testing, Administrative Day. Therefore,
there will be no CBT testing tomorrow.
NYSED will use this time to work with Questar to ensure the
system will operate smoothly when CBT resumes. In addition,
NYSED will work with schools to provide guidance on how to
resolve outstanding issues with today’s CBT administration.
Questar has dispatched additional staff, around the state, to
provide technical assistance to schools.
To provide additional flexibility to schools, NYSED has
extended the testing window for CBT ELA through Friday, April
|MHRIC_Testing||04/02/19 11:42:13||NYSED Advising Do Not Start Test Sessions Today|
NYSED is now advising to NOT start any new test sessions
|MHRIC_Testing||04/02/19 11:19:27||MHRIC Advisory: Pause Testing and Quarantine|
Dear CBT Administrator:
Due to the ongoing issues regarding students being unable
to submit their exams coupled with Nextera Admin
continuing to be down, and lacking any official
communication or advice from NYSED, the MHRIC is ADVISING
all CBT districts to pause their exams and quarantine
This is only ADVISORY, and districts may choose to
continue testing. Our center will continue to provide
support to your district whether you pause or continue
Please continue to check the
https://cbtstat.mhric.org/status/ site for updates.
Please see below for the following procedure recommended
by our Testing and Reporting team:
For today, April 2nd, please see our guidance below for
submitting CBT exams.
For students that are getting a circle when trying to
*Wait for the screen that prompts to 'retry' or sign out
*If you wish to retry, only do it once after 5-10 minutes
*If you have multiple students with this issue, please
*If you do not want to retry, have the student sign out
For students that are unable to submit their exams:
*Keep track of which student used which devices
*Pause/Sign Out the student
*Once paused/signed out, isolate the device
*At this point, it is okay to have the device powered off
The sign out button is in the upper right corner.
Please wait for further guidance from the MHRIC that this
issue has been resolved.
**This email went out to all CBT School-2019 contacts.
Please forward it as needed.**