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TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA) Training Documents

WVABE Online TRA Training PowerPoint (PDF version)
Provides an overview of the TRA as well as step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) for setting up and managing your online account.

WVABE User Guide for the Online TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA)
Provides an overview of the online TRA, including the online tools within the TRA online assessment system software. Also contains step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) for setting up and managing your online account.

Online Tools within the Online TRA Software
Provides an explanation of the various online tools found within the online TRA, including tools for accommodations and allowable resources.

Answer Recording Sheets (for use with Online TRA)
These answer sheets were developed for use with the online TRA to help instructors diagnose students' areas of weakness. Since the online TRA does not give a report of which questions a student gets correct/incorrect, instructors may wish to have students record their answers to the online TRA on these answer sheets. This will help instructors diagnose areas of weakness.

TRA Quick Reference Card - This document provides step-by-step instructions for adding students, scheduling a test session, printing test tickets, etc. for the online TRA.

 

Important Notes about the Online TRA

  • Do not change the user name or password on your account! If you are prompted by the system to change the password, please contact Ellen Killion at ekillion@k12.wv.us immediately!!
  • Until further notice, you must hand-score the three gridded math questions and add the score for these items to the total math score shown on the online score report. The answers to these may be found in the Readiness Assessment Manual (will be attached in email 2 of 2).
  • Until further notice, you must hand-score the Essay and add the essay score to the total Writing score shown on the online score report.
  • The tests are consumable, so it is recommended that you use the OPT or the TASC Academy Practice Tests with re-testers who do not pass the TRA.
  • There is a 30-day wait period in between retakes of the TRA, if you choose to re-test using the TRA.
  • Be sure to change the name of the test session when scheduling a test so that you can identify your test session in the list, since you will be sharing your account with other staff in your RESA.
  • Be sure to change the date for the test session. You may wish to leave the test session open until the end of the fiscal year so that you can simply add students to an existing test session rather than repeatedly scheduling new sessions.
  • You may copy and paste the score report into a Word document. (At this time, there is no way to print the score report without copying and pasting it into a Word processing document.)
  • There is no diagnostic report in the online TRA, so you may wish to have students bubble their answers to the online TRA on the answer sheets created by Jack Price, instructor from Berkeley County ABE.
  • If you have DeepFreeze or another program that prevents you from downloading software on your computers, you will need to have your local computer technician help you in getting the software downloaded onto your computers.

Important Notes about TASC Special Testing Accommodations and Allowable Resources

There is a difference between special accommodations and allowable resources. 

  • Special testing accommodations are those accommodations which require formal approval by the State TASC Administrator. Documentation must be submitted that contains evidence of the need for these accommodations. Examples of special accommodations include audio presentation of the test, supervised breaks, and extended time. See the TASC Special Testing Accommodations Descriptions document for more information and a complete list of special testing accommodations.

  • Allowable resources do NOT require formal approval for use—they may be provided to examinees upon request (although prior notification to the examiner may be required). See the TASC Allowable Resources document for a list of allowable resources and information about the resources which require prior notification to the examiner.

At this time the accommodations features are NOT working in the online TRA. While you will see there is a “Screen Reader” tool that can be marked for the student, the Screen Reader will NOT read the passages in the Reading subtest, which does not meet the needs of disabled adults who need this accommodation.

Another area that is universally needed by adults who qualify for accommodations is additional time—again, the “Untimed Test” test feature does NOT give the student additional time, even though you can select it within the online TRA management system.

As a result, at this time the recommendation is to NOT use the online TRA for any student requiring accommodations. Please use the paper-based TRA or the OPT for any student who needs special testing accommodations. In addition, the audio OPT is the only choice available at this time for students who need an audio version.

Please contact Pam Young at pbryan@k12.wv.us or 1-800-257-3723 ext. 212 if you have questions about TASC testing accommodations or for materials in alternate formats. You may also wish to refer to the TASC website at http://www.tasctest.com/accommodations-for-disabilities-for-test-takers.html for more information on special testing accommodations, allowable resources, guidelines for requesting special testing accommodations, etc.).

If you have questions about the TRA or need help in setting up your online TRA account, please contact Ellen Killion at ekillion@k12.wv.us.

 

 

 

 
 

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