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TAG Online Test Item Bank (eLearning)

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Admin Settings

  • District Administrator(s) have access to ALL settings.
  • All other user logins have access to the Item Inventory and Test Share Groups.

Item Inventory

  • View total number of items in TAG. 
  • Items are categorized by: TAG/TEA/TEKS-RS and Content Area/Grade Level/SE (click to drill-down).

Hide Content

  • DMAC Admin only
  • Check box next to Content type to restrict access to users below the campus level (e.g., Teacher login). 

Test Print Settings

  • DMAC Admin only
  • Manage the default test print settings for the district.

Shared Content

  • DMAC Admin only
  • Assign automatic access to specific users for ALL district tests (rights include view and copy but cannot modify or delete).
  • Search Users by name or partial name; select User(s) and click Save
  • Selected name(s) appear in window to the left.

Test Share Groups 

  • Any user can share tests they have created with other users or with a Share Group.
  • Create a new group. (Groups may also be created through Share when making a test)
  • Name group and click add; select User(s) and click green plus icon; click Save.

Reassign User Content

  • DMAC Admin only
  • Assign content created by a user no longer in the district to a current user.
  • Select TAG Original user > Current User, click Save.

Create a New Test

  • Click New icon or Tests > New from the top navigation bar.
  • The test Name is the only required field. Keyword(s) and Directions are optional.
  • Add items after save (default); click Save.
  • From the top of the Test > Search page, click the Merge icon to combine more than one test.

Add Items to Test

Use filters on the left to narrow items by: Language, Content Area, Course, TEKS Year, Source, or SE; Click Search.

  • View items with Grid or List views.
  • Navigate between pages using the page numbers above items.
  • Column headers (Date & SE) are sortable. 
  • Click keywords (yellow boxes) to filter items (starts an Advanced Search).
  • Select magnifying glass next to purple passage links to view a passage or click the purple link to start an Advanced Search for items only tied to that passage.
  • Check or uncheck next to items to automatically add or remove items to a test.
  • Total number of items appears on the top next to the test name.

Icons to the right of items: 

  • Preview – view individual item.
  • Edit – modify item (User items only).
  • Copy – makes a copy of an item that you can modify; creates a new User type item.
  • Delete – delete an item from TAG (user items only).
  • Print – (view web vs. PDF or print an item).

Advanced Search/Filters

  • Click On by Advanced Search to open pop-up with additional filters.
  • Make selections and click Apply, Clear or X to close the window.
  • NOTE: Only schools who purchase TEKS-RS may use TEKS-RS Unit filter to access pre-bundled assessment questions. 
  • From search results, click boxes and links to filter by passage title, SE and/or Keywords.
  • Click the red X or Off to remove filters.
  • Don’t forget to look at selections on the left and remove any SE or other filters to start with a full list of items for that content area and grade level.

Edit Tests

  • There are two screens when creating tests. 1) Adding/Searching for items and 2)Edit, reorder items.
  • Any time you place a checkmark next to an item, it is automatically added and saved to a test; uncheck the item to remove it. 

Test icons (next to test name)

  • Preview – preview the entire test. 
  • Print – save test as a PDF or print a copy (web and PDF view). 
  • Key – view or print test key.
  • Edit – reorder test items or share with others (opens new screen).
  • Settings – change name of test, modify directions or keywords. 

Top right:

  • ABC/SE button –  view or filter the percentages of SEs based on search results.
  • New – add original User items to TAG (visible to Admins and individual login only).

New Screen (After Clicking Edit)

The Edit icon to the right of a test name is another way to view items attached to a test. 

  • Reorder test Items, Passages or Graphics. Drag and drop and click Save order if you make changes.
  • Individual test items work the same as on the Test Item page.
  • If you click the Delete icon, it will remove the content from the test (not the test library).
  • Use icons in gray preview, copy or remove passages from test. 
  • Share – share test with others at your school.
  • ABC/SE – view percentages of SEs on the selected test. 
  • Add – return to the Test Items screen to filter and add items to test. 
  • View – preview of the whole test.
  • Print – web & PDF views (click Settings to change styling).
  • Key – view/save or print a copy of the test key. 
  • List – return to Test Library screen.

Test Library

Users can create custom tests in TAG or select from a library of pre-bundled assessments including TEA released tests. TEA tests can be modified if copied (this creates a User test).

  • From the top right, click New to create a new test.
  • Or, use filters on left to search for Tests by Language, Content Area, Course, Source and/or Name.
  • Colored boxes above tests display number of available tests for each type.
  • Date and Test Name column headers are sortable.

Test Type Definitions

  • User – test created with a DMAC Login
  • Shared – test shared with you by someone in your district
  • TEA – released STAAR/TAKS test
  • TEKS-RS – TEKS Resource System items (district must have access to TEKS-RS items)

Individual Test Icons

  • Preview – view full test.
  • Copy – makes a copy of a test that can be modified; creates a new User type test.
  • Edit – modify existing test; (User tests only).
  • Print – print full test (Web vs PDF view).
  • Export test to TEKScore – opens test key in TEKScore (required for online tests).
  • Settings – change test name, add directions or keywords.
  • Key – view or print test key.
  • Delete – remove test from library (User tests only).

Exporting Tests to TEKScore

  • For Online Tests: Make sure to click the option to copy key and content to set up an online test. Then, check the option to review and approve your content to preview the test before moving forward. This action opens the TAG test in TEKScore as a new Test Key.
  • It’s important to note that the user performing this action must have rights to create TEKScore Test Keys. With this ability, they can complete the Test Key Header and set up online testing and other settings. Contact the DMAC Help Desk if teachers do not currently have access to Test Keys.

Create TEKS-RS Tests

  • From the top of the Test Library, click New icon; complete test information, check add items after save; click Save.
  • Use filters on the left to select Content Area and Course; click Search.
  • Select On by Advanced Search; enter TEKS-RS Unit (ex: 10); click Apply.
  • Check small box at the top of the column to add all items from search results (items will automatically save to the test; number will update at the top.
  • Select Edit icon to the right of the test name to reorder questions or share with others at your school.

Add User Items

  • Paste Plain Text (recommended for all content).
  • IMPORTANT: Insert a Hyphen, Minus sign, En dash or Em dash with icon from the format bar (don’t use keyboard for these symbols–this is important for the Text-to-Speech functionality).
  • Images (PNG format recommend) must not exceed max height and width of 675 X 875 pixels.
  • Use Speak icon to test how text is read for TTS. Note: To add Text-to-Speech to images, right click on them and click Properties. Text added under Alt Text will read aloud.
Format icons in TAG

Response Types

  • Multiple Choice – select Response Count (3, 4 or 5 answer choices) and click on radio button next to the correct answer (highlights correct answer choice in green).
  • True/False – choose True or False.
  • Griddable – enter correct answer; select format from drop-down and confirm that the Preview looks accurate. Answers must be numeric.
  • Constructed Response – select Max Rubric score; Response length (Essay or Short Answer); and enter instructions or notes on the Rubric Scoring Instructions. Information entered appears on the test key.

Save Item & Select Standards

  • Confirm that Question/Response stems look accurate and test for TTS, if needed.
  • Save (top right of page).
  • From the pop-up window, select TEKS Standards based on the subject area/grade.
  • Add, Edit or Delete standards on the left of the screen after saving.

Add Related Passages  

  • Click the Add Related icon (top right) to attach a related passage or graphic.  Related content such as reading passages, Maps and Charts can be attached to more than one assessment item. Questions are grouped to related content on tests making it easier to organize and reorder assessments
  • Select Passage; choose the Course and then Search by name and select option based on Search results
  • Use icons to Preview; Edit or Delete.

Print Items

  • Click Print to view individual items as Web View or PDF View.
  • Use Settings icon to update margins, font size or spacing.

Math Equations and TTS

Math Equations

  • The following website is a free resource to generate equations for Math items: https://latex.codecogs.com/eqneditor/editor.php 
  • Choose the following options under the equation creator (CodeCogs website); select Click here to Download Image >> (PNG): * PNG (format) * Verdana (font) * 10 or 12 pt Font * 100 (size) * Transparent * Compressed.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not copy and paste code for an equation into TAG.
  • Save all equations as separate PNG images and use the – Add Image icon on the question or response to upload graphics.

Text-to-Speech (TTS)

  • To ensure assessment items are optimized for online tests, don’t forget to test how each question sounds when read aloud for Text-to-Speech (TTS) by clicking the TTS icon for the question and responses.
  • Right click on each image, click Properties, and add Alt Text if you want descriptions of the graphics to read aloud.
  • Click Save (top right of the page) after any changes.
  • Click Print to view how items will look online or to print a copy of an item. 

User Passages

Schools have the ability to enter passages (purchased or original) to the TAG application. Content added by a DMAC user is accessible only by that individual login. 

Create Passage(s)

  • New Passage – Select Passages > New from top navigation bar; or, New from the Passage Library.
  • Language – English or Spanish.
  • Title – Name Passage.
  • Paired Passage and Format – Select Yes or No if it is a paired passage or check if it is a Revise and Edit passage.
  • Content Area – Select content area (required).
  • Course – Select course (required).
  • Genre – Select Genre (optional).
  • Readability – Enter Readability level (optional) Note: DMAC uses the Flesch-Kincaid Readability model for existing content in the item bank.
  • Text to Speech – When an option is selected, that area will read for students who receive the Text to Speech testing support. Any Directions entered will always read aloud.

Selection(s):

The main part of a passage is entered in the Selection(s) area of the page. Formatting is especially important for online tests so they display properly on the screen. Note: Save is not available on this page until content is entered in the Selection(s) text area.

  • Paste Plain Text – paste text into text box.  Delete extra spaces between lines or sentences.

Formatting Best Practices:

  • Title – 16 point font; bold; centered
  • Subtitle – 12 point font; italicized; centered
  • Paragraph Numbers – 11 point font; italicized; add 2 spaces before/5 spaces after for numbers 1-9 and 0 spaces before/5 spaces after for double digits
  • Body Text – 11 point font; left aligned.
  • Images – .png preferred, max size 675×875 pixels. Click Add new paragraph icon before and after each image. Right click an image and select Properties to edit image size and alignment or add Alt Text for a description of the image to read aloud with Text to Speech.
  • Click Print to view how a Passage will look online (Web View) or to print a copy (PDF View).

HTML Formatting

Revise and Edit

  • Revise and Edit passages should have additional spacing between lines.
  • Click the HTML button at the bottom of the Selection(s) text entry box after pasting in your text. By adding new paragraphs with the icon, the system will automatically add the paragraph tags for the start and end of a paragraph
  • From HTML view include style=”lineheight: 3;” inside of the start of the paragraph tag.
  • The only supported value for double spacing is 3. 
  • Select the Design button to exit out of the HTML view and to preview how the passage will appear for students.

Paired Passages

  • Note: Page breaks are only necessary if you are printing out tests. For online tests, this is not something you need to worry about. 
  • Control where page breaks fall between paired passages by using the following code in the paragraph tags from the HTML view.
  • <p style=”page-break-after: always;”>nbsp;</p> Adds a page break after the paragraph.
  • <p style=”page-break-before: always;”>nbsp;</p> Adds a page break before the paragraph. 
  • Print – View how passage will look in printed form. Use the controls to print or save the passage as a PDF.

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