Six Best Practices When Proctoring Web-based MAP Assessments

As school gets back into full swing, it’s a good time to start thinking about MAP assessment proctoring. As a proctor you have a great opportunity to set the tone for the test experience, and to ensure that the conditions are optimal, so that each student can demonstrate what she or he knows on the MAP assessment. To help make the whole process smoother, here are six best practices to consider:

  1. Use short session names. When you’re naming a session you should keep the name short and easy to remember. Kids will be typing this title, perhaps more than once, so the shorter it is the fewer mistakes there will be.
  2. Yes, you can retest during the same test session. This can be done by changing the status from completed to test again. You can then assign the student another test to take. The student will need to sign in again. You’ll want to be sure to watch for test fatigue and if the student is using a laptop or other portable device such as an iPad, make sure there is enough battery life to account for the additional testing time.
  3. Keep session sizes to the number of students that are actually testing. It’s much easier for the proctor to manage a session. When there are more students in a particular session, the proctor may spend more time managing students signing in an out of a session.
  4. Close out sessions when done testing. When you’re done testing for the day you should log out from the proctor console. We also suggest shutting down the student computer when done at the end of the day. If the browser is left open overnight, it can leave a student’s session active and result in problems the next day.
  5. Rotate students in and out of session. Using the add more students button, you can search and add students to the session and they can start testing as normal. There is no need to remove students if absent during testing. Their status will remain at awaiting student and their status will not affect the other students that are testing.
  6. Identify students who are not giving full effort. In the Manage Test Sessions in the proctoring section of MAP you can see what question number each student is currently answering by looking at the Approximate Question # column (see diagram below). If you have a class of students that are all on questions 5 – 15 and one student that is on question 45, that student may be answering questions at random and may not be giving their best effort.

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