REVISED 6/2013

In A Nutshell…Scantron

What is Scantron Performance Series?

Global Scholar’s Performance Series is a web-based, computer-adaptive diagnostic test used to pinpoint proficiency levels instantly, place students in the appropriate programs, report progress, and predict performance on standardized tests.

Scantron will be used for students without STAR scores for placement as needed.  Optional to use for growth assessment..  It is to be given at intake, and to new sibling enrollees, if STAR scores are not available for placement purposes. Otherwise Scantron is an optional assessment to be used if more data is needed to access a students working ability level.

How does it work?
Scantron utilizes a computer-adaptive, Internet-based model to target the instructional level of each student by altering question difficulty based on previous answers. As students take the test, it adjusts automatically to each student's ability level, generating more difficult questions if the student is answering correctly and easier ones if the student is answering incorrectly. Once the test has been completed, the results are immediately available, since the test is Internet based.

When and where are our students tested and who does the testing? 
The Scantron pretest is administered to all new students at Centralized Intake, if no Star scores are available. Siblings of active students, without current Star scores, are tested by their ES, who must make arrangements to have them pretested within 30 days of their enrollment.  Remember to check your Scantron list to be sure that a new student is listed prior to arranging for their test. If not there, email cwcstestclerk@connectingwaters.org at least one week before your testing appointment to have them added.


The test can be administered in the student’s home, if the parent has internet access, or at a library or other public place. Some problems associated with testing in student homes or public places are listed under Scantron Special Situations. Scantron can be proctored by the parent, if not used for placement in PLIP or for present levels for an IEP meeting . The log on information is in FRED. Be sure that the parent understands that this information is to be kept confidential. When Scantron is used to determine a new student's Plip status or IEP present levels for an IEP meeting, the assessment must be proctored at the learning center or by the ES.

 

Proctoring is also available, periodically, at the CWCS Learning Center, but you must call to make an appointment. Your ES group, if in an outlying geographic area, may have set up proctoring sessions; consult with your AF for more information. (If a Scantron appointment is made, and the appointment is missed without giving 24 hour notice or explanation of an emergency, a $50 deduction per student will be made from the instructional funds. Please forewarn your parents. If a student misses a Scantron appointment, please complete the Missed Appointment form and fax or mail it to Sherri Nelson in the Waterford Office to have the funding removed from their IF. When you schedule these appointments, be sure to tell the parent that if they miss the appointment without giving the proctor/teacher prior notification (within 24 hours), they will have the funding removed from their IF. The second time Scantron is missed, it will be considered a truancy. )

There must be at least 12 calendar weeks between the pre and the post test. Some students, who enroll later in the year, may not be able to complete the post test before STAR due to this requirement, and may have to take the post test at a later date. All students, even those enrolling late in the school year, must post test before the last day of school even if there are not 12 weeks between the pre and post test.

How do we handle testing details?

** ES log-in information and passwords are located on the ES detail screen in WEBfiles (view-ES detail). If the information is not present, ask your ES advisor for help.

** Please check your Scantron list of students before scheduling to test a student. If the student is not on your Scantron list, e-mail cwtestclerk@connectingwaters.org at least one week before your testing appointment to have them added.

** Explain to the students that they are not expected to know everything that comes up on the screen. Make sure that the student has completed each test or results may not be recorded on the Scantron database and if too much time has passed, they may have to retake the entire test. (See Scantron Special Situations.)

What should I do if my student misses a Scantron proctor appointment?

** If an appointment is made with a proctor, and the appointment is missed without giving 24 hour notice or explanation of an emergency, a $50 deduction per student will be made from the instructional funds. Please forewarn your parents. If a student misses a Scantron appointment, please complete the Missed Appointment form and fax or mail it to Sherri Nelson in the Waterford Office to have the funding removed from their IF. When you schedule these appointments, be sure to tell the parent that if they miss the appointment without giving the proctor/teacher prior notification (within 24 hours), they will have the funding removed from their IF. The second time Scantron is missed, it will be considered a truancy.

Are the tests timed? How long does the test take? How many test items does each student receive?

Students should be allowed as much time as needed to take the test.  Each subject area test takes an average of one hour to complete.  However, if a student's ability level is significantly different than their assigned grade level, the test may take longer.

Scantron Corporation recommends reserving two periods for testing time. Students may stop in the middle of a test, return within 2 weeks to complete it and resume testing at exactly the same spot where they left off.  After two weeks, however, the test will be spoiled and they will need to start over again.

There is not a set number of questions. The average number of questions in a testing session is about 50.

Can the students use scratch paper for math?


The students can and should have a pencil and scratch paper available for their use.

 

Is customer support available?

Yes, customer support is available from 6:00am-4:30pm PST at 1-800-445-3141. Customer support is also available by e-mail at support@scantron.com.