It’s back to school time – and here on Teach Learn Grow, we are sharing some of our best tips for teachers, proctors, and principals! As you are getting back into the swing of school and preparing for fall testing, it’s a good time to think about best practices for proctoring MAP® Growth™.
As a proctor, you have a great opportunity to set the tone for the students’ test experience and to ensure that the conditions are optimal — so that students can best demonstrate what they know on the test. Here are six best practices to consider:
- Identify students who are not giving full effort. The first thing you should be aware of is the new “rapid guessing” feature in MAP Growth. In Manage Test Sessions in the proctoring screen, not only can MAP Growth identify what question a student is currently answering, but now it will notify the proctor when a student has become disengaged in their test. The test determines this based on how much time the student is spending on each item. You can learn more about the new rapid guessing notification in MAP Growth – and what to do when you see it – in our guidelines here.
- Yes, you can give another test 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. Be sure to watch for test fatigue, and if the student is using a laptop or iPad, make sure there is enough battery life to account for the additional testing time.
- Use short session names. When naming a session, keep the name short and easy to remember. Kids will be typing this title, so the shorter it is, the fewer mistakes there will be.
- 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.
- 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 they are absent during testing. Their status will remain at ‘awaiting student,’ and their status will not affect the other students who are testing.
- Close out sessions when done testing. When you are done testing for the day, log out from the proctor console. We also suggest shutting down the student computers when testing is 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.
Getting the most from MAP Growth assessments can put the data in your hands to make a real difference for students. Share this with your proctors to help fall testing run smoothly!