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Features & Functions

Version 3.5.1 Rel Jan 2010

Security

BuildMyTest is a secure application systems, it allows access to authenticated users only. Users are also assigned to one or more roles, allowing the role based security.

Single Sign On: The parts of application and data analytics are accessed using a single sign on authentication method.

Role Based security: The user role defines the functions and operations that they can perform once they sign on into the BuildMyTest system

Logging & Session Mgmt: Application tracks user logins and access. The application also auto logs out users after certain period of inactivity. This prevents unauthorized access in case a user forgets to log off.

Item Bank

BuildMyTest provides the Item Bank module to manage the question bank database. The Items (Questions) in the Item Bank are protected by the access and approval level. Item bank also provides the item alignment to state standards like subject, course goals, objectives, thinking skills, level of difficulty etc.

Access Security: The questions in the Item Bank are protected by the access and approval level. This also controls what items are available for user while building assessments. For example, the items created and approved by a school are only available to be used within school assessments and cannot be used by other schools in the same district unless approved by District level administrator.

Rich Item Authoring Tools: The integrated item authoring tools allows the formatting of Item stem and foils using rich text editor with controls like fonts, styles, images and symbols.

Item templates: The question items can be created with half page or full page width template. The system provides the preview of item just-as it would print when added to assessment. The application allows switching between half or full page width using the available template in the authoring tool.

Reading Passages: The Item bank can also store the Reading passage that can be used later to link one or more items with the passages. Reading passages could also be half page or full page width as well as multiple pages.

Print Image: All item’s stem and foils are stored as formatted HTML as well as in the printable and downloadable format which are used later for printing or exporting. All the items and it’s attributes are stored in a centralized database.

Download Items: Items created in BuildMyTest can also be downloaded in standard MS-WORD format.

Custom metatags: Customers define their own data fields that they want to track with the items.

Integrated Formula and Equation Editor: The Item authoring also provides Math formula and equation editor for authoring complex item creation needs.

Item Classification & Alignment: The items can be classified with various item attributes like thinking skills. level of difficulty or alternate items for EC students.

Multi State Standards alignment: The Items can be aligned to multiple goals and objectives without having to make copy of the items itself. This allows the use of same item in multiple states by align to state’s specific curriculum standards.

Item approval and sharing: Items created are secured by the level of access and cannot be shared with other schools or teachers without going through item validation and approval process to make sure only good quality items are shared across teachers and schools.The integrated item authoring tools allows the formatting of Item stem and foils using rich text editor with controls like fonts, styles, images and symbols.

Item templates: The question items can be created with half page or full page width template. The system provides the preview of item just-as it would print when added to assessment. The application allows switching between half or full page width using the available template in the authoring tool.

Reading Passages: The Item bank can also store the Reading passage that can be used later to link one or more items with the passages. Reading passages could also be half page or full page width as well as multiple pages.

Print Image: All item’s stem and foils are stored as formatted HTML as well as in the printable and downloadable format which are used later for printing or exporting. All the items and it’s attributes are stored in a centralized database.

Download Items: Items created in BuildMyTest can also be downloaded in standard MS-WORD format.

Custom metatags: Customers define their own data fields that they want to track with the items.

Integrated Formula and Equation Editor: The Item authoring also provides Math formula and equation editor for authoring complex item creation needs.

Item Classification & Alignment: The items can be classified with various item attributes like thinking skills. level of difficulty or alternate items for EC students.

Multi State Standards alignment: The Items can be aligned to multiple goals and objectives without having to make copy of the items itself. This allows the use of same item in multiple states by align to state’s specific curriculum standards.

Item approval and sharing: Items created are secured by the level of access and cannot be shared with other schools or teachers without going through item validation and approval process to make sure only good quality items are shared across teachers and schools.

Assessment creation and printing

BuildMyTest provides easy building of assessment from the Bank of questions. The assessments are also secured and managed by the assessment owner.

Online, Offline or Hybrid Testing: Assessment created in BuildMyTest system can be administered online, Offline or both. The online assessment could be taken by student using standard browser. The Offline assessments could be administered using traditional printed paper test and OMR sheets. The OMR sheets could be scanned and uploaded directly to BuildMyTest server for immediate scoring.

Assessment Printing with Answer Keys: BuildMyTest assessments could be printed to PDF files with the scoring keys and alignment information. The assessment items could be printed in half or full page width of page. The alignment data can be helpful in understanding the coverage of goals and objective in the assessment.

Assign Assessments: The assessments can be assigned to individual student or class or school or whole district for a period of time. The student can take the test only during assigned period.

Print with Reading Passage: The assessment building would automatically bring in the associated passage that is linked to any assessment questions. The printing would print the passage before all related items for passage.

Randomize Assessment: The online delivery of assessment can be randomized for students such that the same assessment would present in different order to different students.

Standards Aligned: The assessments created in BuildMyTest are always aligned to state curriculum and ensures that all the items used in the assessment are aligned to the same curriculum standards.

Batch Account upload

BuildMyTest allows the batch upload of students and employee accounts. The batch upload also allows the periodic refresh to sync the accounts information with any standard SIS system used by the district. This process also supports automated secure ftp upload from SIS systems.

Batch Item Upload

Batch item upload helps quick load of bulk of items from external systems into BuildMyTest server. The Batch item upload can accept files with item’s stem, foils and alignment information and upload items HTML as well as build printable images of the items. These items can be searched and edited later if they need any additional graphics or equations.

Scanner and Clicker Integration

The BuildMyTest provides easy upload the student responses using student responses via various OMR scanners. It currently interfaces with Scantrons’ OP Scan 4, 5,6 and EZ Data scanners and is able to interface with Apperson scanners and others through flat file uploads. Buildmytest will be able to interface with Turningpoints Clickers in March 2011.

Preslug application for OMR sheets

The OMR (Bubble) sheets could be pre-coded with student ID and school and class information. This significantly reduce the student scan sheet errors and faster importing of student responses from OMR sheets.

Reports and data analytics

This is one of the most compelling features of buildmytest. Instantaneous reports that group data, provide statistical analysis, slice/dice capabilities, ad hoc reporting and ability to schedule/trigger.

Student Reports: These reports focus on individual student’s performance and details the students strengths (or weakness). They help understanding the area of improvements for individual student. Example of some of these reports are:

  • Student Answer Report
  • Student Performance Report
  • Student Progress Report

Classroom Reports: The classroom reports are focused on class performance for assessments. It shows how the class performed and highlights the area where overall class needs improvements. Example of classroom reports are:

  • Class Performance Statistics Report
  • Class Detailed Item Report
  • Class Objective Report
  • Class performance Frequency Report
  • Class List Report

School Reports: The schools level reports covers the performance of all classes in that schools for a given assessment. These reports help comparative analysis of classes to understand which teachers are performing well and who needs help. Example of School reports are:

  • School Item Report
  • School Objective Report
  • Teacher Roster Report

District Reports: The District level report aggregates the assessments data at the district level and show the comparative analysis of schools within the district. Some of the District level reports allow district users to slice and dice the data within the reports. The user can apply charts and filter to see the information in various ways to better understand or compare the results with district results. Some reports can show performance information mapped on a Google Map with geographic location of schools