This lesson covers the creation of a Hybrid Assessment. This is an assessment that you would like students to take online, and you have a Word, PDF or PowerPoint file of it that you would like to upload to allow students to read it on their screen while selecting their answer choices (side by side).
Where to Start
1. Click Assessments.
2. Under General, click Create a New Assessment.
1. Select Manual/Hybrid Assessment.
2. Enter the number of questions, that will be on your assessment.
3. Click Okay.
Enter Assessment Information
1. Enter a Title. This is the only requirement on this information page, however, the more specific you get in this area, the easier it will be to find your assessment later using filters.
2. Optional- Enter a Description. The description will not tie to filters but can contain any information you find helpful. Information entered here also displays on the Assessment Details page as well as the landing page for a student when they are about to begin an online assessment. So, you could enter extra Instructions or even Test Taking Strategies to display for students.
Looking for more assessment information options? Click Show More (See below for more information).
3. Local Identifier- Any local district ID you may want to use.
4. To associate your assessment to a particular year, select the year from the Academic Year drop down menu. If you want your assessment to be used again each year, select Repeats Yearly. This means there is no need to duplicate your assessment for each academic year.
5. Optional-To help with filtering, select: Subject, Scope and/or Grade Levels.
6. You can choose to show assessment results in the Student and Parent Portal (If your District is utilizing this feature). Selecting Yes, means the results of the student's assessment will show in the portal. Selecting No will show that the test was assigned, but will not show students/parents the results.
7. You can also select a Performance Band Set.
8. Click Save.
Lock Assessment-Manage Lockdown Preferences (Only displays if applicable to your permission level)
Lock Assessment-Manage Lockdown Preferences- This allows you to customize exactly what parts of an assessment or administering an assessment are locked from others that this assessment is shared with. You can select as many or as few as you like, once Submit is clicked, any time you select 'Lock Assessment' on the New Assessment Information screen, these preferences will apply to that lock.
It is possible for lockdown preferences to be different for certain people. Lockdown preferences are specific to site, not URL. Typically, a System Admin user creates the lockdown preferences at the district level. These lockdown preferences will filter down to every user at every site for every assessment except when a new lockdown preference is set at a site. So the user (with the lockdown permission) will need to be logged into a site in the Control Panel when they create the new lockdown preference. This new lockdown preference will only affect users with locked assessments, that are logged into that site.
Edit Assessment Questions
Once you've entered assessment information, you will be automatically taken to the Questions page. You can always access this page by clicking on Setup, and selecting Answer Key.
1. Enter the answer to each of your questions in the Correct column. You may opt to use the tab key on your keyboard to advance your cursor.
2. Points- Enter a point value for the answer choice, note that the system does support decimal point values, i.e. 1.5, 2.3, 1.2, etc.
3. You can also Print this page.
4. After all your answers are entered, click Save.
You may opt to require up to 5 answers for any question(s) on your assessment.
Follow these guidelines:
- Enter all answers the student will be required to bubble in order to get the question correct.
- Enter the answers in alphabetical order (for example, type "AB" and not "BA").
- Enter the answers with no spaces or characters between letters (BCE' not 'B C E') if all answers are correct.
- Enter the answers with commas between the letters (for example, type 'D, E') if either answer is correct.
- Enter a star character ( * ) on the answer key to give a student credit for blanks versus the system marking those answers incorrect. This also designates students who didn’t mark the correct answer. For example, if a student was not required to take an entire assessment, or answer specific questions (SpEd, certain program, etc.) the star will act as a default to indicate they did not bubble the answer but received credit.
Custom Point Values
If you want to assign different point values for specific answers or answer combinations, you can do that from within the "Correct" box for any question. Select the Advanced box and follow the notes on this process:
- To indicate the point value to associate with an answer choice, write the letter of the answer, a colon, and then the points earned for that selection (e.g. A:2)
- To list multiple answers as having point values, list all answers and their points, separated by a comma (e.g. A:2, B:1 or 1:2, 2:4). In an example above (Q2) each rubric score is a different value. This means that if a 1 is bubbled on the answer document, the student is awarded 1 point; if a 2 is bubbled, the student is awarded 4 points; if a 3 is bubbled the student receives 6 points.
- If you want to indicate that a student can get a particular point value through selecting multiple answer choices, write the answer choices, a colon, and the value (e.g. ABC:4)
- You can list as many point value options as you like so that you have full flexibility to have partial and full credit (e.g. A:2, B:1, C:1, AB:3, ABC:4)
- Rubrics (Q1 above)- In the "Points" column, you will want to indicate the maximum number of points that a student can receive for that question. The highest value in the "Correct" column must not exceed the value in the "Points" column. If you enter your answer key such that there are correct answers with point values that exceed the maximum "Points", you will get an error when you try to save your answer key. Rubric questions will display online as Constructed Response questions with a text box for student answer entry.
1. In the 'Correct' box, write out the point value for each answer choice by letter : point value. This should be followed by a comma if entering more values.
For example, A:2, B:1, C:0.5, etc.
2. In the 'Points' box, enter the MAXIMUM point value possible.
3. When done, click Save.
Note: Clicking on the blue ? will populate a menu that explains all of the instructions/options directly on the questions page!
To set up Constructed Response questions on a Hybrid Assessment, treat the CR questions as rubric questions.
1. Click the Rubric checkbox.
2. Add the maximum point value in both the 'Correct' and 'Points' boxes.
3. Press Save.
Once a student starts the exam, these questions will show up with a text box so students can type in their answers. Note, you have to manually enter the score for these questions. You will see their answers under Administration > Enter/Edit > Find Students > Constructed Response.
Attach Materials (What students will view next to the online answer key)
1. Click on Materials, under Setup.
2. Click Upload.
3. Drag and drop the materials you want attached to the test, once uploaded they will show with a green checkmark.
4. Click Attach.
Once materials have been uploaded, you can edit them from the Materials page.
5. Note that if you click the checkbox next to a document, then you have the ability to download the document (Cloud button) or delete the document (Trash Can button).
Finish basic setup of a Hybrid Assessment
Assign Rosters/Enable an Assessment for Online Testing
Once in the Assessment Overview:
1. Select the Administration menu, then Online Testing.
2. Click Add Roster. This will give you the ability to select the students you would like to make this test available to.
This page is where you will select administration dates, times, and what students have access to the test.
3. Testing Window Start Date- Select when students will be able to start taking the exam.
4. Testing Window End Date- Select when the exam will become unavailable for any more students to take.
5. Academic Year- You can assign this test to a certain Academic Year.
6. Grade Level- You can assign this test to a certain Grade Level.
7. Site- If you have access to multiple sites, you can select which sites students can access the test.
8. User- Select your name.
9. Departments- Optional.
10. Course- Select the course you would like to assign this test to.
11. Section- This is generally for secondary, this allows you to chose a specific period.
12. Students- You may select All Students, or just specific students to make this test available to online.
1. Time of Day Window This will limit assessments from appearing for students outside the hours specified. This feature works based on the timezone of the district. Ex. If it is set from 7am-3pm and a student decides to try to take a test at 3:01pm, they will not be able to.The time stamp will only allow the test to be started during that window. It will NOT log out the child if they are taking the test and the window closes.
2. Time Duration If you would like to restrict the amount of time a student as to complete the test.
3. Student Pauses If you would like the student to be able to pause the assessment to use the bathroom, etc.
4. Constructed Response Input Method Do you want students to write answers to a constructed response question in a box online, or on a physical piece of paper?
5. Availability Open to all students? Or do you want to require a password to access the test?
6. Browser Would you like students to be able to use any browser/device to take the assessment or would you like to restrict them to a locked browser?
This feature will only be seen on the screen if enabled or turned on by a System Administrator. If using this feature, there are steps you must take to make it work:
- First, install the locked browser from www.illuminateed.com/downloads.
- Next, in your assessment, set up your online testing roster (which is outlined here). When you are setting that roster, select "locked browser."
- Then, make sure to set a password for the administrator to unlock a student's locked browser.
- Finally, it then will open the assessment from the student's portal window in a locked browser as long as it has been installed on the work station. Students will use a regular browser (i.e. Google Chrome) to log into their portal and clicking on the test will allow it to start in the locked browser.
Currently, our locked browser option is not supported by Chromebooks since you cannot install plugins on them. If using Chromebooks, click on the link below for information from Google on how to work around this.
7. Inline Booklet- This is where you select the test up uploaded to the 'Materials' page. This is what will display as the test on the screen for students.
8. Click Save.
Preview the Hybrid Assessment
Once back on the Online Testing Assessment Roster page, you can preview what the assessment will look like for students.
1. Click Preview Online Assessment.
2. Select any options you wish, but be sure to select the Inline Booklet (Materials aka the test).
3. Click Preview.
Example Hybrid Assessment
Your preview will look something like this, with the test on the left and answer key on the right side of the page.
Technically, at this point the assessment is ready and students can take it online once the testing window opens. Everything beyond this step is optional, aligning standards, adding question groups, etc. just as with a regular Manual Assessment.
Optional: Enter Assessment Standards
Click on Setup and select Standards.
1. Select the subject and the grade level for the standards to which you will be tying your assessment items/questions. Click Search.
2. You can click any plus (+) symbol to expand the strand or sub-strand and see the standards housed within.
3. Here you can see an expanded selection.
4. Select standards for your assessment by checking them. Note that you can come back to this step numerous times.
5. After selecting all of your desired standards, click Link Selected Standards.
Click on Setup and select Standard Alignment.
1. On each question's row, click on the standard with which you want it to align. Note that you may opt to link a question to more than one standard.You can also use the check box next to the standard text to select that all questions be aligned to that particular standard.
2. Click Save when finished.
Click the Flip icon if you would like to view and select standards by column rather than row. However, if you have already selected some standards, be sure to click Save first. When you are finished selecting standards for questions, click Save.
Optional: Question Groups
Click on Setup and select Question Groups.
1. Click Add from State Clusters if questions have been linked to areas tested by the state (e.g. ELA, Math, SS, Science).
2. You can also create your own group. Click + Add Question Group to add your own grouping one at a time. Provide a label for the group, then click Save. Repeat these steps to create as many groups as you desire.
3. You can also add Question Groups in mass by clicking on the green + Add Question Groups button. Type in your groups separated by a comma, then select Add Question Groups.
Question Groups Alignment
Checkmark any question to link it to your question group. If you change your mind, you can always click to uncheck it. After you have linked your questions, click Save.
Optional: Performance Bands
Click on Setup and select Performance Bands. If you are creating new assessment performance bands, click on Add new perfomance band set. You can apply performance bands Overall, by Standard and to Question Groups.
When adding a new set of performance bands, the red band shown will be your lowest band which will remain at 0; you can edit the name and color of this band if you would like.
Start by naming the Performance Band set, then:
1. Edit the name the performance band (Label).
2. Edit the color of the band by clicking on the color square.
3. Enter the lowest value you want to assign to the band. The 100+ and 0 on your screen will remain static. Upon adding your value, the band will automatically add to the set in the correct spot with its higher band above/lower band below it based on the number you inputted. When you add your first band, it will add to the top automatically.
4. Click Add Band. It will automatically add to the top of your screen. Add additional bands at the bottom of the page . Follow the same steps outlined in steps 1-4.
5. To delete bands select the trash can icon at the right.
6. Click Save or Save and Return to Assessment. Note: You can create multiple bands before clicking submit.