FAQs

Let us answer your most frequently asked questions:

Can users test both online and via paper/pencil?

Yes, ROSworks allows users the flexibility to choose between testing online in our TestNav 7®-like testing environment which simulates end-of-year state testing as well as on paper via locally-printed test bubble sheets.

For paper-based bubble sheet testing, ROSworks provides scanning stations for each school. Our bubble sheets are printed from local printers at the school.

What different kinds of item types does ROSworks offer?

ROSworks offers Multiple Choice, Open-Ended, Numeric Fill-in-the-Blank, Word Fill-in-the-Blank, Hot Spot, Drag and Drop, Graphing Hot Spot, Matching, In-line Multiple Fill-in-the-Blank, Multiple Response, Drop Down Multiple Choice Text, Matching, Unlimited Item Multiple Choice (no distractor limit), True/False and more.

Is ROSworks web-based and which browsers does it support?

Yes, ROSworks is a web-based program and currently fully officially supports all versions of Internet Explorer. ROSworks unofficially supports Mozilla Firefox.

What technical requirements are needed to implement ROS?

ROSworks is a web-based program, and as such does not require any programs or materials to be downloaded on a computer. It can be accessed from any location on any device with high-speed internet capabilities.

How many items does ROSworks offer?

ROSworks can currently offer over 25,000 items (both online and in paper form) from our associated company's premium Tests for Higher Standards (TfHS) bank of items across all four subject areas in grades Kindergarten through 12 and End-of-Course. Items are tagged with information such as state standard, strand and cognitive level where applicable. ROSworks also offers over 6,000 Technology Enhanced Item Types across grades 2-12 in the four core subject areas.

ROSworks also gives VA users access to all released VDOE items for use online or on paper.

What subject areas does ROSworks offer questions for?

ROSworks offers items for testing in all four core subject areas of Math, English Language Arts, Science and History/Social Studies for grades Kindergarten through 12 and EOC.

Who writes your content and testing materials?

ROSworks, together with our associated company, TfHS, has Content Specialists on staff covering all of the subject areas and grade levels based on their knowledge and expertise. To add to this, all of the items in our banks have either been written by or reviewed by real teachers in their specialty areas, not to mention have been under constant review by our clients over the past 14 years. Additionally, ROSworks also has Content Reviewers on staff that proof-read and review all content offered and entered into the ROSworks item database. Putting all these factors together allows us to provide a solid offering to our clients which only get better over time.

Does the online testing environment offer the same tools as the state test?

Yes, ROS’ TestNav; 7®–like environment directly simulates the state testing software in both look and feel. ROS’ interface provides user the ability to flag questions for review along with an end-of-test review and gives test makers the option of enabling the highlighter tool, eliminator tool, eraser tool, ruler (centimeters or inches), protractor tool, calculator, straightedge, and periodic table.

What types of reports do you have and are they teacher-friendly?

The reports in ROS are the most advanced in-depth and powerful reports available in a testing system as compared to other vendors. ROS offers item analysis, matrix, progress and multi-category reports which can be aggregated and disaggregated according to standard, strand, No Child Left Behind, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) categories.

Our newest reporting feature, Named Report Templates, allow for teachers to customize their reporting experience and create custom report templates. These Named Reports create a user-friendly reporting environment and are built for ease of use and quick referencing of data on-the-fly.

Can ROS report the results of more than one test at the same time?

Yes, ROSworks is able to report on up to 8 different tests at once. This is helpful when comparing pre-tests, post-tests, benchmarks, and other assessments over time.

How secure are the tests and results in ROS?

ROSworks prides itself on having the highest level of security for building, administering and reporting on tests. ROSworks has the ability to sequester tests and their items as well as keep scores and data in a safe and secure location. Teachers are only allowed access to data from their own students.

How secure is the student information ROS is given access to?

Teacher and student data is kept completely confidential and is not shared with any 3rd parties outside of ROSworks. In addition, multiple layers of technological security are in place to ensure a secure transfer of teacher and student data from the client to ROSworks, at which time it is stored in a secure ROSworks database that no 3rd parties are authorized to access.

What other clients or districts are currently using ROSworks?

ROSworks has provided its personalized assessment services in over 25 districts and growing across Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition we plan to open up our Online Testing Assessment and Reporting platform to states across the nation, including Maryland and The District of Columbia, starting in the Fall of 2014.

Can teachers write their own questions?

Yes, ROSworks allows for users to create their own Multiple Choice (MC) items for use on their school or district assessments. ROSworks has several methods for creating items which include importing tests from programs such as Microsoft Word® and ExamView® or writing them from scratch using our Item Editor.

Does ROSworks have a Math Equation Editor?

ROSworks currently has a fully functional Equation Editor available for use while creating and editing test items in ROS’ Test Editor.

What is ROSworks’ response time?

ROSworks prides itself on our support and customer service. Our support team responds promptly and in a timely fashion to phone calls and emails within the regular operating schedule of 8AM – 7PM. Voice messages and emails left after hours are responded to in no later than the following morning when they are received.

Does ROS support mobile technology?

Yes, ROSworks online tests can be administered and taken on a full range of mobile devices, including but not limited to Android, Windows and Apple products.