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Proctors and test site administrators are asked to follow every step of the process to ensure a positive assessment experience. CTECS offers Idaho the official CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRA) and a Technical Skills Assessment. The following policies govern most of the testing experience. Please see the Idaho CTE FAQs for Assessments for Idaho-specific information on the TSAs.

 

Idaho policy governing TSAs is summarized below (in blue), followed by CTECS' policy governing the Workplace Readiness Assessment (WRA). 

  • All CTE seniors who are enrolled in at least their second CTE course (grades 9‐12) should take the WRA exam. Any junior/senior enrolled in a capstone course (the final course in a pathway program) is expected to take the TSA exam.  For a full list of current capstone courses and their corresponding TSA exams, reference the TSA and Capstones document located on the ICTE website. (Also see the CTECS Idaho Overview page.)
  • Testing is required for 100% of program concentrators (100% participation rate).
  • Idaho allows one retake for the TSA only. Cost is $8 per test, paid by the locality (not the state), and requires at least a two-week waiting period after a failed TSA.

 


CTECS Policy Governing the Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRA)

Blue text above is from Idaho CTE policy. The following is additional CTECS policy. 

Test Policy

The official Test may be taken by a student once per school year. Once the student passes, he/she should not be registered to take the test again. 

Test Interruptions

The assessment must be completed in one, 60-minute session, unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period. If there is a test interruption and a student needs to complete the test on another day, the student must log in and finish the test within TWO (2) school days of the initial start date. See the list below for examples of school and personal emergencies that may qualify as an interruption.

  • Fire alarms
  • Power outage
  • Safety evacuation due to inclement weather
  • Sudden illness of student

Accommodations

CTECS offers extended-time accommodations for students identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP), and Students with a Disability (SWD) for all technical skills assessments.  The Workplace Readiness Skills assessment allows for the same accommodation for LEP and SWD; however, all forms of the Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS/WRA) Assessment have a built-in audio reader for those students listed as LEP or SWD.

Limited English ​Proficiency (LEP)

See Student Registration. It is the responsibility of the school and test site administrator to provide adequate time and space to allow for extended test time for LEP. Test times cannot be split over multiple sittings or periods, as this would jeopardize the validity of the test. 

Effective as of SY 2015-2016, CTECS will offer accommodations for students identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). The universal accessibility feature and accommodations are listed below:      

  • An extended-time accommodation of 90 additional minutes is added to the standard testing session for a total of 150 minutes. The test session may not be split up into multiple test sessions, or given over a multi-day period.
  • text-to-speech (audio) accommodation (WRS/WRA only) may be provided to allow the option of listening to the questions. Questions are pre-recorded and read by a professional reader, not by a computerized voice. To minimize distractions for other students testing, headphones must be provided by the school. When beginning the test, the student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so there may be slower response times during testing. CTECS recommends using wired computer Internet connections to minimize the effects. In addition, the selected media player needs to be up to date.
  • read-aloud accommodation may be provided by an aide or test proctor who will read the entire test aloud to the test taker (the accommodation of extended time may also be required). Note: Items on the assessment are randomized so more than one reader may be required if several students are using the read-aloud accommodation during the same testing session. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor.
  • test-item enlargement, universal accessibility feature is permitted, however, the test site administrator will need to check for computer compatibility. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor and is typically handled by manual enlargement features provided by the computer and display. 
CTECS defers to school and state policy when identifying LEP students. However, in order for LEP students to receive the accommodations, they must be identified on the student registration form submitted prior to the testing session. The use of any of the above accommodations must be based on the LEP Student Assessment Participation Plan. The test site administrator should ensure test proctors know which accommodations each student will be using and how to administer them. Further, the universal accessibility feature and accommodations should not be introduced to the student for the first time during the administration of the CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment©. 

Students with a Disability (SWD)

See Student Registration. It is the responsibility of the school and test site administrator to provide adequate time and space to allow for extended test time for SWD. Test times cannot be split over multiple sittings or periods, as this would jeopardize the validity of the test.

CTECS will continue to offer accommodations for students who have been identified as Students with a Disability (SWD). The universal accessibility feature and accommodations are listed below:              

  • An extended-time accommodation of 90 additional minutes is added to the standard testing session for a total of 150 minutes. The test session may not be split up into multiple test sessions, or given over a multi-day period.
  • text-to-speech (audio) accommodation (WRS/WRA only) may be provided to allow the option of listening to the questions. Questions are pre-recorded and read by a professional reader, not by a computerized voice. To minimize distractions for other students testing, headphones must be provided by the school. When beginning the test, the student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so there may be slower response times during testing. CTECS recommends using wired computer Internet connections to minimize the effects. In addition, the selected media player needs to be up to date.
  • read-aloud accommodation may be provided by an aide or test proctor who will read the entire test aloud to the test taker (the accommodation of extended time may also be required). Note: Items on the assessment are randomized so more than one reader may be required if several students are using the read-aloud accommodation during the same testing session. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor.
  • test-item enlargement, universal accessibility feature is permitted, however, the test site administrator will need to check for computer compatibility. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor and is typically handled by manual enlargement features provided by the computer and display.

CTECS defers to school and state policy when identifying SWD. However, in order for SWD to receive the accommodations, they must be identified on the student registration form submitted prior to the testing session. The use of any of the above accommodations must be based on the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. The test site administrator should ensure test proctors know which accommodations each student will be using and how to administer them. Further, the universal accessibility feature and accommodations should not be introduced to the student for the first time during the administration of the CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment©.

Credits and Refunds

Credits and refunds are NOT available regardless of reason. CTECS does not charge for unused test tickets. See pricing on Overview for more.