WINSIGHT® PROGRAM FEATURES
BEYOND THE INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS
Beyond the advantages of having a fully aligned summative and benchmark solution, the Winsight® program can be configured and customized in a variety of ways to fit your state's needs.
These features make it flexible enough to fit your state’s needs, accessible to all students, beneficial to all stakeholders, and always fair, valid and reliable.
DISCOVER ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Explore several of the cross-component features of the Winsight program.
ETS designed Winsight to be a configurable, off-the-shelf assessment system with some state-specific customization available. The system will include features and options that states can configure to best serve their program goals and budgets. For example, you could:
- Choose a shorter summative assessment
- Configure general testing rules
- Configure branding
- Configure reporting
- Add professional development packages
- Customize for paper administration
- Add custom content
There are many other forms of configurability to choose from. We will work with you to find what fits your needs.
Questar encrypts data prior to transmission and in-transit, then delivers only through a secure downloadable browser, which is only accessible through 256-bit SSL user authentication and proctor-provided passwords and usernames. Nextera also saves student work at frequent intervals and assessment packages are encrypted while on student workstations. Broadly compatible across devices (PC, iPad, Chromebook, etc.) and operating platforms, Nextera Test Delivery System is a small-footprint, secure browser application that is downloaded to student workstations. Students enter proctor-provided usernames and passwords to access tests, and the testing system locks down the device, preventing access to any other applications, computer functions, or network access, until the student exits the testing mode.
The Winsight program also features a comprehensive technologically-enabled and rapidly-available reporting suite to meet current state and federal accountability requirements. It provides students and parents access to student scores that are easy to interpret via the individual student report. Importantly, it offers teachers and administrators data that has the ability to truly impact learning through such means as:
- Predicting summative performance
- Measuring growth
- Impacting curriculum decisions for students
- Informing targeted instruction
The Winsight Program would not be what it is without the considerable contribution of educators from across the country – including both those with direct involvement in its creation (e.g. through item writing, item review) and those who have served as a critical source of feedback (i.e. through focus groups, review panels and surveys). The following are highlights of ways in which we will continue to involve educators:
- Item Development
- PLDs and standard setting
- Advisory boards and committees
- User groups and workshops
- Piloting and user-based product development
The Winsight assessments are designed to be fully Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA compliant and include a comprehensive array of universal supports and accommodations.
In addition, resources are provided, such as:
- Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines and training modules
- Individual guides on each accessibility and accommodation feature
The Winsight program provides professional supports with all the tools necessary to ensure that stakeholders receive results that are fair, valid, reliable, and actionable.
Implementation supports provide educators and administrators with detailed instructions on the test administration procedures, accessibility and accommodations guidelines, the setup and use of Nextera®, the technology platform, and the reporting tools.
Interpretation supports assist stakeholders at all levels in understanding and interpreting the data from the assessments. These supports focus on the needs of teachers and state-, school-, and district-level users of score reports, as well as on the needs of students and parents.
Application supports provide teachers and administrators with instructional or curricular oversight with a range of tools and structures to help teachers use data appropriately. Application supports are intended to be easy-to-access online, with guides that support face-to-face learning and augment online learning.
Nextera®, our online test delivery system, offers a seamless, easy-to-navigate user interface that will guide educators and test coordinators through the entire assessment process, removing any guesswork. The student testing interface is deeply intuitive and easy to use. Nextera has been proven in the market, with more than 9.5 million assessments delivered. Moreover, we continually improve our state-of-the-art accessibility features, bolstering our commitment that all students have open access to the assessments and the opportunity to give their best performance.