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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 WRSWRA Test 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). 

What students are required to take assessments?
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).

What is the benefit to students?
Students must take and pass the pathway TSA to be eligible for Technical Competency Credit.

What is Technical Competency Credit?
Technical Competency Credit is college credit that students can earn by completing a program of study in high school. These credits are awarded when the student enrolls in the technical college of his/her choice through a statewide articulation agreement.

When should students take the assessments?
Seniors who have taken at least two CTE classes in grades 9-12 should take the WRS/WRA by the last day of February. Juniors and seniors in a capstone course should take the TSA exam by the last day of April.

How do I schedule/pay for an assessment?

WRA (WRS):
When you administer the WRA by the end of February, CTECS will invoice ICTE and pay for the assessment for eligible students in your school. If taken after February, the school is responsible for all costs. ICTE will use ISEE data (Oct/Nov) to identify eligible students and populate test tickets for each school, so the WRA should be available shortly thereafter. The ISEE upload may miss some students in at least their 2nd CTE course during the 2nd semester. Schools will work with CTECS to upload those students to meet the deadline (preferably January).

 

TSA:
Most pathways have a TSA pre-test which is voluntary. For a list of pre-tests visit the CTECS Idaho overview table. Pre-tests can assist teachers in identifying areas of concern regarding the program standards and student learning outcomes. There is no cut score for pre-tests but they can be used for curriculum improvement and student development. TSA pre-tests are only offered through September, and ICTE will pay for pre-tests. Schools will work with CTECS to upload pre-testing students. When you administer the TSA by the end of April, CTECS will invoice ICTE and pay for the assessment for eligible students in your school. If taken after April, the school is responsible for all costs and schools will use ISEE data that was already uploaded for test tickets. ICTE will use ISEE data (Oct/Nov/Mar) to identify eligible students and populate test tickets for each school. If your test tickets are inaccurate, contact ICTE by phone, not email, due to student privacy laws. Schools are only allowed to create test tickets for pre-tests and retakes. All pathways have the option of retakes for students who did not pass or make the cut score. You may administer a retake at your district’s expense. Students may only retake a TSA once, and it must be scheduled a minimum of 14 calendar days after the original assessment. Schools will work with CTECS to upload those students. 

Testing Windows Paid by ICTE
TSA Pre-Tests: Aug – Sept
WRA (WRS): Nov – Feb
TSA: Nov – April 

 


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 for the 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.