In recent years more and more schools are moving to online testing rather than the traditional paper and pencil versions. Testing digitally cuts costs, reduces waste, and allows for more speedy feedback on students’ learning levels. Some reports show that students are becoming more comfortable with the online format, thus will get better scores. And with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and districts are able to choose what tests and formats are administered, which opens up the freedom to choose digital standardized testing.
Along with these positives for online testing, though, there are drawbacks that have caused schools to drag their feet on switching to all online test taking for their pupils. Technology management issues top the list of potential headaches for IT and test administrators alike. Among the worries are:
Do these issues sound familiar to you? We’re happy to say that Impero Education Pro classroom and network monitoring software can help solve these queries and make test taking a breeze:
What if there are software or driver updates needed for the test to run?
Impero Education Pro’s remote capabilities allow the IT administrator to push out Flash, MSI drivers or other software updates to all computers in minutes, regardless of operating system or platform. This saves the IT staff hours of prep time, and prevents test administrators who may not be tech savvy from potentially pausing or rescheduling tests.
How do we keep students from cheating using the internet?
Because Impero Education Pro allows monitoring on applications and websites, such as social media, the ability for a student to cheat is nearly impossible, even if the computer is not in presentation or kiosk mode. Additionally, Education Pro’s platform shows all devices being used on the school’s wifi and server.
How do we help students who have computer issues during the test?
Education Pro’s dashboard allows the test administrator to see thumbnails of each student’s desktop in real time. If a student has a technical problem such as a screen freezing, or not advancing to the next question, the administrator can help, remotely, without disrupting any other pupils. The chat function allows the student to ask a technical question without raising a hand.
How do we administer the test in multiple locations simultaneously?
Tests can be administered in multiple locations simultaneously because of remote monitoring. This benefits students by allowing them to take tests in familiar rooms where they are more comfortable. It allows testing to be proctored by the classroom teacher, which is an additional stress saver for kids.
How do we make online testing as stress free as possible for everyone involved?
Impero’s dashboard is so simple, the least tech savvy testing administrator can use it. In many schools the administrator of standardized testing has traditionally been the counselor or other guidance staff, not the IT professional. This can continue to be the norm because Impero’s software is so simple to use. And because of remote capabilities, if the testing administrator has any issues, the IT person can fix it in real time – without interrupting the test takers. Win/win for all parties involved.
Get started using Impero Education Pro classroom management software for your online testing by requesting free demos and trials on our website. For more info call our team of education experts at 877.883.4370, or email Impero to arrange a call back. It couldn’t be easier!