The following update from Illuminate has just been posted…
We thank you for your patience regarding this temporary outage and we will continue to work with the vendor to insure consistent and reliable user access to the assessment system.
We are receiving scattered reports as of about 20 minutes ago (Monday, October 2nd) of staff users not being able to log in to Illuminate using the Google Authentication. Engineers at Illuminate are aware of the issue and are currently working to resolve the problem.
Please be aware that this error DOES NOT appear to be impacting student accounts at this point (only staff accounts).
We realize that this is a critical time for Illuminate testing and we are currently working with the vendor to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Thank-you for your patience.
Earlier this evening, Illuminate engineers posted the following update regarding the service issues from September 28th, 2017.
These service interruptions which slowed and disrupted access for some students throughout should NOT have caused the loss of any student assessment data.
Providing an accurate and reliable assessment system for our teachers and students is of the utmost priority and we will continue to monitor Illuminate system service throughout the week to provide the most up to the minute information regarding any potential issues as they may arise. We will also be working closely with the vendor to mitigate the possibility of these types of disruptions in the future.
Illuminate has posted the following message as of Thursday, September 28th, regarding ongoing issues related to system failure rates and slowness…
It has been determined that these issues are related to server hosting issues at Illuminate and we will provide you with additional news and updates as soon as they are available to us.
Some of the Illuminate ELA Interim Assessments for Quarter 1 contain constructed response items that require students to type in a response that the system stores, but does not grade. In these cases, the teacher (or other test administrator) must manually enter the scores for only those items. The same process is used to enter scores for the ELD test.
You can click on the following link for a list of the constructed response items for each test.
In order to allow time to analyze the completed results of the Interims, constructed response scores should be entered no later than In-service/Records Day, Friday, October 6.
The link below is for a new set of directions to score and enter constructed response items in Illuminate.
Please forward these directions to any staff member who will be scoring the constructed response items within the test and as always, please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Some users have reported errors related to rostering of tests in the Illuminate System. The problem has been identified by lluminate Engineers as being related to an error with the Linux OS. Although the problem as of 9:30 am Wednesday (September 27th) has been identified and resolved, there is currently a back-log of testing requests on the Illuminate servers. This is currently causing a delay in processing rostering requests which may extend for the next 1-2 hours.
Illuminate engineers are confident that the issue should be fully resolved by this afternoon. For updates regarding this and other issues related to Illuminate, feel free to check their system update page at http://status.illuminateed.com/history#
Quarter 1 ELA, ELD, and Math Illuminate Interims are now available for rostering (scheduling). The testing window is scheduled to run September 27 through October 5.
For instructions/reminders on how to roster and administer the Interims, the SUSD District Assessments Blog is available at http://blog.susd12.org/azmerit/.
To ensure test security, every Interim session in Illuminate MUST be scheduled appropriately and password protected. Passwords should not be something easily guessed by students such as the name of the teacher or class.
Beginning this school year, students will be able to use scratch paper for all AzMERIT tests. (Students were previously only allowed to use scratch paper during AzMERIT Math and Writing.) Because of the change, students will also be allowed to use scratch paper for all portions of the Interims.
Extended responses should be treated as on-demand writing, so please emphasize that using scratch paper during the ELA Interims should not serve as a rough draft for writing. It is to be used for notes, graphic organizers, and other ways for students to organize their thoughts prior entering responses.
Note the following regarding the ELD Interims:
Quarter 1 ELD Interims will be administered online.
ELL students in AZELLA Stage III (grades 3-5), Stage IV (grades 6-8), and Stage V (grades 7-12) will be participating.
Attached are documents to be used with the ELD Interims
Teachers may enter student writing scores after scoring the other tests.
Don’t hesitate to contact Hans Schot, District Testing Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns. (HansS@susd12.org)
The District Testing Calendar has been adjusted to open the ELD Q1 interim assessments to be administered beginning September 9. This will remove the overlap for students taking both the ELD interim and the ELA interim assessments which are scheduled to take place September 27 – October 5.
School level Universal Screener reports are available in each school’s Google data folder. The “RAPS 360” folder has been renamed to “MindPlay” and contains reports and data files from last year and this year. Data for the 17-18 BM#1 report was pulled at the end of Monday, August 28 and will not be updated. Please contact Hans Schot, District Testing Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) if additional staff need access to your school’s data folder.
Students who did not participate in Benchmark #1 may still test. The results will not be added to the reports already in the school data folders, but they will be available in the MindPlay Legacy Reports.
Please remind all of your staff to refrain from adding/moving/editing/removing ANY MindPlay class or student records, including demonstration students. We are spending a significant amount of time cleaning up the system in an attempt to maintain data integrity and stay within the allotted number of student licenses.
The MindPlay Manager will not allow more than one user (teacher) to be assigned to a class so the teacher of record for that subject in PowerSchool is used. Setting a class to “Shared” opens the class to all users at the school which is not allowable. If other teachers need information regarding a student who is not assigned to them, they should ask the teacher of record or the school MindPlay coordinator.Any requests for MindPlay changes should go through the HelpDesk. Because the district testing window is closed except for makeup tests, any HelpDesk requests for MindPlay enrollment changes prior to August 28 will be closed. If needed, please submit a new request. The HelpDesk can be reached at https://helpdesk.susd12.org/helpdesk.aspx.
Unauthorized modifications will be deleted and the incident details reported to the District Testing Coordinator for follow-up with the building Principal. The user’s MindPlay access may be removed.