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  • Science
  • K-2
  • Features & Functionality
  • Help, Support, & Training
  • System Access & Security

Frequently Asked Questions

Technology

  • On tablets and Chromebooks, the first time the secure browser is opened it will prompt the user to choose the state. Users should choose ClearSight. If an incorrect selection is made, they can open the browser and click on the four square buttons in the bottom right to get back to the selection screen and make the correct selection.

  • Yes, please see Technology Requirements on the Portal for details.

     

  • Technology Requirements for ClearSight are regularly updated and accessible on the Portal. There are also extensive support guides in the Resources area of the Portal.

General Information

  • ClearSight aligns items to your state’s standards so you will see your state standards in the reporting and authoring areas of the system when you view information about assessments and items.

  • ClearSight is a digital assessment platform for districts and/or schools to administer fixed-form and adaptive assessments across subjects and grades. ClearSight provides actionable, immediate data to teachers. ClearSight has an educator authoring tool that can be used by educators to create items and/or tests that they can use in their classrooms and share with others. Districts, schools, or teachers who are interested in administering premade, state standards-aligned assessments can use ClearSight to track student’s mastery of grade-level standards and to inform instruction during the school year.

  • The ClearSight Interim assessments provide an indicator of how your student is tracking toward mastering the grade-level standards.

    The four proficiency levels represent this: 1) Highly Proficient, 2) Proficient, 3) Approaching Proficient, 4) Below Proficient.

    Since your summative state test also measures mastery of grade-level standards, the ClearSight Interim assessment is one strong indicator of how ready your student is to succeed on the summative state test.

Assessments/Tests

  • A student may pause his or her own test form or a Test Administrator may pause the test for the student(s). A test form can be paused and unpaused at any time during the test window. Pause timers determing the length of time during which the student's test may be unpaused and the student may review any of the previously answered items. A Checkpoint form has a 4 hour timer while an Interim form has a 2 hour pause timer. The student can still unpause the test form once this timer period has passed, however s/he would not be able to review the previously answered test questions, even if they were marked for review. There is an Administrative Procedure that can be applied to allow the student to review previously answered items. This ia known as a Grace Period Extension or GPE. For more information on Pause Limits, Pausing a test form, or Grace Period Extensions, please see the Test Administration Manual, the TIDE Manual, or the Training on Managing Users in the Educator section of the Resource page. 

  • If a student is not taking a test on the downloaded, secure browser, he or she can use any modern browser to take the test. The student can use this link http://clearsight.tds.cambiumast.com/student to access the test log in. Please note that the student will need to have his or her official first name, Student id (or SSID), and the Session id ready to enter at the log in page. 

  • If your district uses Interim ELA tests, there are 2 segments to the test.  Segment 1 includes reading, language, and editing passages and questions.  Segment 2 contains a writing prompt where the student reads a passage and then responds to a question in essay format.

    There is a clear deliniation between the 2 segments for the students.  The students will see a screen that looks something like this:

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    1. The number of items shown in the middle of the graphic may vary by student and/or by grade as these are adaptive tests.
    2. If you do not want students to take the writing portion right away, teachers should tell students to NOT click the NEXT SEGMENT button until they have been instructed to do.
    3. Teachers can instruct the students to pause their test at this point and they can log back in later to complete the test.  They should use the pause button in the upper right of their screen.
    4. If teachers are using a monitored session, teachers will need to open a new session with the test in it so students can log back in.
    5. If teachers are using a non-monitored assignments, students can use the same URL link or session id as before and no approval will be required when the student signs back in later.

    More information can be found in this Quick Guide.

  • For Interim ELA Assessments:  both Segments 1 and 2 must be completed and the student submits their test at the end of Segment 2.  After Segment 2 is submitted you will see the student’s score. Segment 2 is the writing portion of the test. This is only the case for Interim ELA Assessments.  View this Quick Guide for more informaiton.

    If your district uses Interim Reading Assessments, there is no writing portion included, so there is only one segment in the test.  Writing can be assessed using a Checkpoint Writing test.

    Checkpoint writing assessments are separate from other ELA topics and will be scored by themselves.

  • For grades 3–HS and content areas of ELA and math:

    Interim Assessments:

    1. Adaptive assessments that measure the breadth of the grade-level standards.
    2. Reporting results represent the student’s performance at that time for that content area’s grade-level standards.
    3. A proficiency level is provided that can be used to indicate how well a student has mastered the standards for that grade and content area.
    4. It is recommended that each Interim assessment be administered twice per year per student with significant instructional time between administrations so change in standards mastery can be viewed through the Longitudinal reports.

    Checkpoint Assessments:

    1. Fixed-form assessments that measure an area or a reporting category within a grade-level-standard set. (Example: Numbers & Operations in math and Informational Text in ELA)
    2. Reporting results represent student’s performance in that area of the standards at that time.
    3. A performance level is provided as well as information about how student(s) performed on each item to help inform the educator of areas of strengths and areas that may require more attention.
    4. There are typically 3-5 forms for each Checkpoint, so students can be assessed on the same content with unique forms over time. To avoid item repetition, do not administer the same form to a student more than once. Longitudinal reports are available once a student has taken more than one form in a reporting category.

  • The ClearSight assessment system is designed to provide valid, fair, and reliable assessment results that give educators and students necessary information and tools to improve teaching and learning and help students making progress toward college and career readiness. The ClearSight assessment system consists of three major assessment components.

    1. Interim assessments that are delivered in an adaptive format for grades 3–HS. An Interim test assesses standards across the grade level for the content area. Interims should be administered 2 times a year, per student, with substantial instruction occurring between each administration. Each administration is representative of a summative state test.
    2. Checkpoint assessments are delivered as fixed forms, and they each measure a specific topic like Numbers & Operations in Mathematics and Informational Text in English Language Arts (ELA). There are typically 3 - 5 Checkpoint forms for each topic and a range of 8–22 items per form. It is recommended to use each form one time per student.
    3. Educators can also create their own assessments for any need to support instruction and assessment in the classroom. Educators can select their own authored items or ClearSight items from the item banks provided for their test. These “authored” forms will be delivered as fixed forms and can be used as many times as educators like and can be shared across a school and/or district.

  • The Description of ELA Checkpoint Tests and the Description of Math Checkpoint Tests  explain the number of forms and items that are available at each grade. In general, the Checkpoint Assessments have3-5 forms of each topic/reporting category and each ranges from 6–22 items per form.

    The Interim Assessments for grades 3–HS are adaptive tests that contain about 35–45 items for each administration and should be administered twice, per student

  • Checkpoint Assessments are untimed and are intended to be completed in one class period. Refer to these documents for more information about Checkpoint forms:

    QuickGuide_Description of ELA Checkpoint Tests 

    QuickGuide_Description of Math Checkpoint Tests

    Interim assessments are untimed and are intended to be completed in one class period. They range from about 35–45 items for each administration.

Science

  • All science items in ClearSight are written to the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • The main ClearSight subscription covers grades 3 through High School in English language arts and math. As an add-on, users can access Science Interim forms for grades 5, 8, and 11. These forms assess Next Generation Science Standards. For more information on the content of the forms, see the Science Forms Table.

    For assistance and further information, please contact your sales representative at ClearSight Assessment.

K-2

  • The main ClearSight subscription covers grades 3 through High School in English language arts and math. As an add-on, users can access Checkpoints for grades 1 and 2 and Interims for grades K-2. For more information on the content of the forms, see the K-2 Checkpoint and Interim Table.

    For assistance and further information, please contact your sales representative at ClearSight Assessment.

Features & Functionality

  • ClearSight offers the largest set of accessibility tools and accommodations in the industry, matching the offerings of Cambium Assessment.

    ClearSight ensures availability of the assessments to the widest range of student abilities. A comprehensive list of our accommodations and accessibility features can be found here.

Help, Support, & Training

  • There are Training Modules (PowerPoints) available for the various parts of ClearSight in the Resources area of the ClearSight Portal.

    There is a required New Users course on the ClearSight homepage that users who will administer tests must take prior to being granted access to the Test Administration area of ClearSight.

    There are comprehensive user guides and manuals located in the Resources area of the ClearSight Portal.

System Access & Security

  • ClearSight recognizes the importance of protecting user and student personal data, whether it is being transmitted, stored, or converted.

    Our systems protect individual privacy and confidentiality in a manner consistent with privacy laws, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other federal laws.

    The secure data transmitted across the public Internet are encrypted using secure shell (SSH) advanced encryption standard (AES) or an Internet protocol security (IPsec) virtual private network (VPN).