Virginia Society for Technology in Education
South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
Virginia Council for the Social Studies
Virginia Alternative Assessment Summit
We recently released our new and improved Test Editor. It now has a more compact design to allow easier and more fluid editing of the stem and distractors of questions. The Test Edit also now has live-updating preview text for item stems and passages and each and every passage can be individually previewed “as seen by student”.
Now you can easily reorder your test items in ROSworks using our simple drag and drop item reorder interface. Once you build your test (whether importing, using the assembler, or test editing) you just click on the “Reorder Items” tab to get started. Then simply click on the item you want to move and drag it to the location you want it moved to. It’s really as easy as that!
All of the newly released Virginia Department of Education Released SOL Tests are now available in ROSworks.
We offer two versions of the tests—one with fully functional technology enhanced item types and the other as a static paper and printer ready test. As the VDOE releases new tests in the future we will be sure to add them to our library.
ROSworks’ new report interface is designed to fit your custom reporting needs. Now when you go to fetch your data you will find any report templates you have saved readily accessible from the main reports page. This ensures that if there are reports you run on a daily, weekly, monthly or even semi-annual basis, their format will be saved and ready to go for any future tests you run reports for.
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Have you ever wanted to assign work over Winter Vacation, Spring Break or even just as homework? ROS can now not only be your benchmarking, formative, summative and diagnostic testing solution—but we can also be your homework provider too!
ROS now offers you the option to make assignments homework-ready by allowing for students to have multiple log-ins and attempts at questions when working on their coursework. This means that they can continue to attempt problems until they are satisfied and confident in their results.
In order to enable this option for your students, navigate to the Test Info page for your assignment, click on the “Edit Security Options” button, and make sure you choose “Multiple sessions, useful for homework”. And voila, homework assigned!
When preparing students for the State’s end of year exams, it is vital to their success that they be adequately equipped with the tools necessary to succeed—literally!
Not only does our online testing environment visually simulate that which students will see on their end of year tests, but we also offer them the same feel and functionality. ROS makes sure students have the opportunity to utilize tools on their assessments such as the Eliminator, Highlighter, Compass, Straight Edge, Rulers, Calculator, Periodic Table and more.
Make sure when you are administering assessments in ROS that you remember to turn these tools on for your students. You can do so by navigating to the Test Info page and clicking on the Edit Online Tools Options button. Keep in mind, not all tools are useful on all tests, grades and subject areas—so make sure to pick and choose accordingly!
Reports Online System would like to announce that we have Technologically Enhanced Item (TEI) types now available. While ROS originally planned on offering about 30-40 items per grade per subject for preparation practice only, we decided that to really offer an amazing value to our clients we should offer enough content for multiple use and remediation techniques. So our current plan is to actually offer roughly 500+ TEIs per grade level, which is more than 5 times what we had originally promised to our clients. We currently have about 6,000 TEI items ready and available for use and will continue to increase that number as we move forward.
ROS’ Technology Enhanced Items will give users access to a variety of all of the following item archetypes in every grade level and subject:
Our content creators and technology developers are creating items sequentially starting with Grade 2 and working up to High School levels and releasing them as they are completed. As we continue to develop and release items you will see them start to show up along with those currently available.
The TEI items can be located and utilized from two locations and can be added to tests and used in the same exact way that all other content and items are used in ROS. One way to find the TEIs is to navigate to the Library using the Library tab at the top right of every page and locating the “TEI items - Virginia” library. They can also be viewed and added singularly to tests by using the Test Assembler as you would any other item from state released tests or Tests for Higher Standards banks. You can find the Test Assembler by going to the Test Info Page of the test you would like to add TEIs to, and then clicking on the “gear” symbol at the bottom of the Test Info Table and selecting Test Assembler.
We invite you to view our TEI Demo Video which highlights some examples of our TEIs and their functionality within ROS. Although not all possible examples of TEIs are shown, it does give a good representative sample of what our content creators are doing.TEI Item Showcase
If you have any questions regarding our TEI items please do not hesitate to call or email. Keep in mind that you are able to access these items and experiment with them in your own accounts now. Please feel free to try them out and get acquainted with them.
Have you ever tried editing a mathematical equation without an equation editor? Frustrating, right? Well, say hello to our new Equation Editor! As pictured below, you will see that our new Equation Editor allows for the creation, editing, and display of all types of mathematical functions and equations right in your own tests!
You can access the Equation Editor by navigating to Test Edit and clicking on the Sigma symbol on the far right side of the tool bar, labeled “Add MathML Formula”. From there you will find you have the ability to pick from symbols and functions used in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and more. You can add fractions (in many formats), square roots, formulas, sin, angles, and many geometric shapes.
We encourage you to experiment with the Equation Editor and find out more about what it can do!