Remote Testing FAQs
What is the difference between in-person and remote testing?
For the most part, testing remotely is similar to testing onsite at schools. The critical difference between the two is how communications happen between proctors and students, due to the fact that remote testing requires a parent/caregiver to be involved.
We recommend that you test in a browser (at test.mapnwea.org) rather than in the app: NWEA Secure Testing Browser app. This is because the app will not allow the student to have a communication tool open during the test to communicate with the proctor.
When is the earliest I should test this fall?
We recommend schools test on or after August 1st, 2020 to leverage the latest software release updates. MAP Growth updates include the new 2020 norms and the K-2 scale maintenance benefits, and a long list of other additions/improvements. MAP Reading Fluency updates include new published content and performance expectations that will be set for the fall term. Learn more about all of the additions and improvements on our page.
What is important to tell parents/caregivers about remote testing?
It's important to remember that most parents/caregivers are new to the remote testing experience. It will be helpful for them to understand the value of MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency as well as what the testing experience will be like. You can direct them to explore the Family Toolkit, or you can fill out and share the Remote Testing Family Guidance Letter: K–2, K–2 using iPads, and 2+. Spanish versions are coming soon!
Another important thing to consider is that parents/caregivers may need to help students prepare a device for testing. We have created a Device Readiness & Student Practice Exercise that you can use to guide students and parents through setting up a device.
How do I know if the student's device meets testing requirements?
We recommend running the Device Readiness Check. In addition, make sure that pop up blockers are disabled (directions by device). See the System Requirements document to view the list of supported device specifications.
Do you have any best practices for Remote Testing?
- Invest in your proctors: Above and beyond all things, educational leaders should make a concerted effort to invest in remote testing training for their proctors. Proctors are the primary point of contact for the student during the test, are responsible for ensuring that any technical hurdles are overcome, and ensure students are set up for a successful test-taking session.
- Maximize test integrity and security. Remote testing presents an integrity challenge that in-school testing does not where environments are more controlled. Schools should consider security agreements with parents, active monitoring during tests, and formalized rules/protocols regarding usage of additional devices and the internet.
- Get in front of technical hurdles. Schools/districts should create a support plan for staff, students, and families to address concerns including assessment technology requirements, connectivity issues, device management, software support, firewall, and web filter adjustment. An overwhelming majority of technical hurdles can be solved in a matter of minutes by having students check their own device at https://check.nwea.org/.
- Practice before testing. Spring 2020 taught us that transitioning to virtual instruction is not always easy, and that communicating effectively with students over the internet has a learning curve. Since remote testing involves using these communication tools, we suggest that schools/districts have proctors and students practice logging in and taking the practice test before the actual test session so that everyone involved is confident on the day of the test.
- Support accessibility, accommodations and equity. Schools must be ready to help students gain access to assistive technology. They must also consider and guide when to use embedded accommodation features within the assessment platform or how students gain access to non-embedded accommodation features (e.g., bilingual dictionaries, English dictionary, and abacus). And most importantly, they must have a clear plan to communicate with families regarding the use of accommodations.
What NWEA products can be used remotely?
- MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency are fully capable of supporting remote testing.
- MAP Accelerator is well adapted to being used in remote settings to support personalized learning plans.
How do we manage remote testing for MAP Growth when students may not be able to test at the same time?
- MAP Growth can be taken any time a test session is opened by a proctor.
- We generally recommend that before any testing begins, schools/districts set up backup/alternate testing sessions for students who miss their initial test session or who have alternative home schedules and can’t take the test during normal school hours.