This page will show campus administrators how to create locate test administrations and the included tests for each administration.
Selecting Test Administrations will show a list of test administrations currently entered into TestHound. State test administrations will be loaded into TestHound for you. Test administrations that are mandated by your state will show as State under the Type column. If you click on a specific test administration entry, a new screen will open that displays the grade level and subject tests within that test administration (below). There is a column titled MSS. This helps identify the test administrations that have Multi-Session Scheduling enabled.
Administrations will show a list of test administrations currently entered into TestHound. State required test administrations will be loaded into TestHound for you. Test administrations that are mandated by your state will show as State under the Type column. If you click on a specific test administration entry, a new screen will open that displays the grade level and subject tests within that test administration (below).
Creating a new test administration You have the ability to create additional test administrations for your campus. For instance, if you would like to use TestHound to plan a STAAR simulation for your campus. To create a new test administration and subsequent tests, first click on Test Administrations then click New in the top right of the table below.
This is a two-step process where first you create the test administration then the individual tests you wanted included in the administration.
It is important to note a few best practices for creating Test Administrations:
Your administration titles should be more generic titles and more specific titles for tests. An elementary school may set up and administration with their campus name in the campus name in the title and then follow with specific test titles.
- Test Administration Title: LES-Spring Benchmark
- Test Title: 3rd Grade Math
After clicking New, a screen will appear where you will be required to enter the following information:
- Title of the test administration
- Start Date and End Date
When you finish entering the required field, click Submit. The test administration you create will be specific to your campus only.
To create a new test within the test administration, click on Tests from your Campus Management menu. You will need to complete the following fields on the Tests screen.
-Select Admin: use the drop down menu to select the test administration you want to add a test to
-Click New to begin the process
-Enter the Type: (You have 2 choices- Course OR Grade: Choose the appropriate course or grade associated with your test
-The subject selected will determine the subject area accommodations pulled
-Title of test
-Test date: Make sure you select a test date within the testing window of the administration your created
Once all fields are complete, click Submit.
The administration has been added for you, just click the one that corresponds to your level, 3-8 or EOC. For these tests, you will add students to the test that corresponds to their current grade level. Once the district submits the registration file, the testing vendor will adjust that grade level to the one below for last year's assessment. This will ensure the student takes the assessment at the grade level they would have taken it last year. Adding students to the tests is like adding them to any other test. Just be sure to use the test for their current grade level.
For EOC students, just add them to the test you wish for them take for the BOY assessment. If that is this year's assessment, use the add by course option. If it is last year's test, use the add by selection or add by file option. Refer to the help tab on the test page for instructions on adding by file.
9th grade students, who will take BOY at the previous 8th grade level will need to be added to the BOY 3-8 admin, 9th grade tests we created especially for this. This will ensure they are registered in the 3-8 admin but in 9th grade tests so when the vendor makes the adjustment to a grade level below, they will be given an 8th grade test.
For students who would have tested above grade last year, assign them in a test a grade up from where you want them to test, so when the adjustment is made by the testing vendor, they will be in the correct test for last year's assessment.
Please refer to TEA's guidance for BOY assessments here : TEA’s FAQ https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-optional-beginning-of-year-assessments.pdf