Testing Students with Accessibility Resources

Creating a Test Session for Practice and Summative Testing

This section provides a brief overview of the processes required for creating proctored test sessions, which include verifying students’ test settings for testing, creating a test session, approving students to enter the session, and viewing embossing and enlarged-text requests.

It is important that a student who is taking an assessment with one or more designated support or accommodation has adequate time in advance of test administration to practice navigating the assessment platform with the screen reader. Familiarization with the testing environment, navigation quick keys, as well as item types encountered on the assessment can be addressed by using the practice and training tests.

The practice and training tests can be used as a “guest” without logon credentials or in a secure browser environment approved by a test administrator or test examiner. If the student is accessing a practice or training test in the secure browser environment, student sign-in and test administrator or test examiner logon credentials are required.

Step 1. Test Administrator, Test Examiner, LEA Coordinator, or Test Site Coordinator: Review the student’s test settings in TOMS.

  1. Access TOMS by following the instructions in the Log On to TOMS topic from the CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide.
  2. Access the [Students] top navigation tab and open the View & Edit Students screen by following the instructions in the Student Profile—Test Settings Overview topic from the CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide.
  3. Search for and select a student by following the instructions in the View & Edit Students—Search for a Student topic from the CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide.
  4. Review and, if needed, edit a student’s test settings by following the instructions in either the Edit CAASPP Test Settings for a Specific Student subtopic or the Edit ELPAC Test Settings for a Specific Student subtopic from the CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide.
  5. Select [UPDATE] to save changes, and then log off using the [Logout] button when finished reviewing the test settings in TOMS.

Step 2: Test Administrator or Test Examiner: Log on to the Test Administrator Interface.

  1. Access either the Test Administrator Interface or the Test Administrator and Test Examiner Practice and Training Site.
  2. Log on using the process described in the Using the Single Sign-on System subtopic from the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual or the Beginning the Test subtopic from an ELPAC manual, such as the Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.

Step 3: Test Administrator or Test Examiner: Start a test session.

  1. Start a test session using the process described in the How to Start a Test Session topic from the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual or the Beginning the Test subtopic from the Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.
  2. Make a note of the session ID, in case either the test administrator, test examiner, or student is exited and needs it to reenter the test session.

Step 4: Test Administrator or Test Examiner: Approve student for operational or training testing.

  1. Review a student’s test settings in the Test Administrator Interface by following the instructions in the How to Approve Students for Testing subtopic from the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual or the Beginning the Test subtopic from the Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.
  2. Verify that all other test settings are correct (refer to step 1). Contact the CAASPP or ELPAC test site coordinator or LEA CAASPP or ELPAC coordinator to have them set if they are not.
  3. After verifying the student’s test settings are correct, approve the student by selecting [Approve], following the instructions in the How to Approve Students for Testing subtopic from the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual or the Beginning the Test subtopic from the Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.