Create a Test
Teachers have the ability to create their own assessments in Aware. These tests will not appear in the campus or district data in Aware. The data is only viewable for teacher data analysis.
The Assessment Test Wizard will guide the teacher through the steps to create a test.
- Click the Assessments tab.
- Click Create a New Teacher Test.
- In the New Test Wizard, select from the following options:
- Create a quick test key - use this option when a test booklet will not be created
- Create a new blank test - use this option when a test booklet will be printed and answer documents generated
- Copy an existing test - use this option to copy an existing test
- Click Next.
- Enter the Title and select a grade level.
- Click Next.
- Select the primary course associated with the test.
Note: If multiple courses need to be associated with the test, additional courses can be selected in a later step.
- Click Next and Finish.
Teacher Test Administration Controls
Save icon - Click this icon when changes are made to the test
- Print Test Booklet - if the actual test questions are entered, the test can be printed.
- Print Test Key - once the key is created and connected to the correct TEKS, the key can be printed along with the scoring guide (if applicable).
Active - Once an assessment is created it will default to Active which means that the test can be administered.
Archived - Once the test is completed and ALL documents have been scanned, the test should be archived. Archiving does not prevent the test from being analyzed, but no other answer documents can be scanned in for this test. If a test is ever reused, it should be copied from existing archived tests.
Note: Once a test is archived, it can be unarchived by selecting it from the archived section and selecting Active.
Share - Teacher tests can be shared to other teachers by selecting the Share icon and searching for the teacher. Once shared, the test is independently owned by each of the teachers but data collecting from these test will still only be accessible to the teacher.
The General tab contains general information for the assessment.
Test Name - The test name can be changed before, during, or after the test administration.
Test Type - For teacher created assessments, the test type is set to Teacher Test and cannot be changed.
Subject Area - The subject area should already be selected based on the primary course chosen when the key was created.
Grade Level - The grade level will reflect the appropriate grade level that was chosen in the wizard.
Performance Level Configuration
Satisfactory - Enter the percentage of correct questions for the met expectations value of the assessment.
Advanced Score - Enter the percentage of correct questions for the commended level of the assessment.
District Defined Field A,B, C - These fields are named by a Data Administrator and used to highlight cut-points in data generated from the assessment.
Instructions - Instructions for the test can be entered here. The instructions will appear on the second page of the test booklet.
Notes - This section is for personal notes that are only viewed by the teacher.
The Curriculum tab is used only when more than one course is associated with a test.
- Click Add Course.
- Select additional courses to associate with the test.
- Click Add Course.
The courses will be available to choose from when associating TEKS to questions on the Questions tab.
This tab allows the teacher to create and format questions for the test builder. This also includes the TEK SE alignment.
Choose the Text Style of the Test Booklet
- A - Elementary Booklet
- A - Secondary Booklet
- m - Modified Booklet
- s - Simple Booklet (Answer Key Only)
By default, alternating lettering is turned on which means that the answer choices will be ABCD, FGHJ. To change the answer choices on a test to ABCD, ABCD, click the Alternate button on the Questions tab.
Add Questions or Resources
Teachers who have access to item banks may add questions to their assessments from an item bank or create their own questions.
Add a Question by Searching the Item Bank(s)
- On the Questions tab, click to activate the search item bank interface.
- There are many search options for finding item bank questions. Click the to show all of the searching options. Fill out your criteria by using the options seen below and click Search Item Bank
- While searching, you will see in the bottom left of the window.
- Once items appear, you can click to preview the item and to add the item to your test.
- Once the item is added to the test, it can be edited like any other item.
Add a Resource by Searching the Item Bank(s)
- On the Questions Tab, click to activate the search resources interface.
- There are many search options for finding resources. Click the to show all of the searching options. Fill out your criteria and click Search Resources.
- While searching, you will see in the bottom left of the window.
- Once resources appear you can preview the resources and related question item by clicking the correspondingto preview.
- If a question is added, the associated resource will automatically be added to the assessment.
* Item Bank availability and amount of items depends on subscription and rights. Also, not all banks have metadata that allow for all of the advanced searching options. If no items result from your search, try minimizing your options.
Add a teacher created question
- Click Add Question.
- Choose the type of question to add.
Selected Response - multiple choice or multiple selection
- The Question tab is used to enter the content of the question and the answer choices as well as select the correct response. The answer choices can also be added, deleted, or reordered.
- The Options tab allows the teacher to select the format, layout, and other options for the question including question weight. Question weight also can be used to omit a question.
Note: If the multiple selection option is chosen, the student's answer must match the multiple answers exactly. For example, if the answer is a and c, then the student must bubble in a and c to get the answer correct.
- The Standards and Resources tabs are consistent for all question types and will be explained in a different section.
Numerical Response - griddable
- The Question tab is used to enter the content of the question and correct numerical response.
Note: The number limit for numerical responses is 9999.999 - (-)9999.999.
- The Options tab allows the teacher to select the number of decimal places for the numerical response along with other question options.
Constructed Response - open-ended items that the teacher scores using a score range
- The Question tab is used to enter the content of the question and the scoring guide.
- The Options tab allows the teacher to select the score range, the auto fail score, and other formatting options.
Resource - A resource can be a reading passage or graphic that has multiple questions referencing the passage or graphic
- The Question tab is used to enter the title of the resource and the resource text and/or attach image(s).
- The Options tab allows the teacher to format the layout of the resource.
Within the question editor, select the Standards Tab
- If the test is associated with multiple courses, select the correct course from the drop-down menu.
- Choose the correct SE in the list and either double click to add the standard or click the Select Standard button.
- Search for the SE by typing a keyword into the text box, clicking the magnifying glass on the right, and choosing the SE. Then, either double click to add the standard or click the Select Standard button.
Associate Process Standards
To further analyze a question, a process standard can be chosen by clicking the Select New Primary Standard button.
Associate a Question to a Resource - To associate a question to a resource, click the Resources Tab and select the check box next to the correct resource
Edit a Question - To edit the entire question, click the pencil button
Move Questions - You can also use the blue arrows to reorder questions
Delete a Question - Click the pencil button and then the red X button in the question editor to delete a question
Printing Answer Documents
Under the Analyze tab
- Click Test Available.
- Select My Teacher Tests.
- Choose the test from list by clicking on the name of the test.
- Select the class periods you are printing answer sheets for.
- Click Print Answer Sheets.
Make Corrections to a Key
- Choose a different radio button next to the correct response.
- Click Finished.
- Repeat this process for each question.
- If any answer documents have already been scored, click the Rescore button on the Advanced tab.
The Advanced tab is used to rescore a test, delete answer sheets, and clear all answer responses.
Rescore a Test
Rescoring can be used if:
- The met or commended level needs to be changed
- The key needs to be corrected
- Question weighting needs to be changed
- The question needs to be associated with a different SE or learning standard
Clear Answer Documents
There are two ways that answer documents can be cleared/deleted:
- By student - If a student's answer document was accidentally scanned and the score needs to be removed, click the Delete Answer Sheet icon and select the student from the list and choose Remove. If a student's answer document is removed, the document cannot be rescanned because the code at the bottom of the answer document becomes invalid. Please use this feature with caution!
All answer documents - If the test needs to be changed (i.e. a question needs to be added or removed), all answer documents can be cleared so that the test can be changed. By clearing answer documents, all student scores associated with the test are deleted. Any answer documents printed prior to clearing the answer documents need to be reprinted because all answer documents previously printed become invalid. Use caution when clearing all answer documents!