If you wish to use e-asTTle with students who have identified learning needs, you may choose to give students more time to complete the test, or use a reader/writer.
If you have made these types of accommodations, carefully consider the purpose of the testing and what valid interpretations can be made when looking at the results.
Reader/writers are generally not recommended for Reading and Writing e-asTTle tests. If using a reader for a Reading test, the test is measuring a different type of comprehension – listening rather than reading. Using a writer for an e-asTTle writing test is difficult as Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation make up three of the seven Writing elements necessary for generating an overall score. Assessment of the remaining four elements would be much better done by other means than e-asTTle.
When accommodations have been made, e-asTTle results should be used to inform the teaching and learning of the individual student, rather than for making high-stakes decisions or comparisons with the e-asTTle norms (these comparisons will not be valid).
Increasing test duration for onscreen tests
It is possible to copy an onscreen e-asTTle test and increase the test duration for students who require this. Up to 10 minutes of additional time can be added. You will need to assign the copied test to the relevant student/s separately.
If you have added extra time, it’s important to make appropriate provisions in your interpretations of the results.
Click here for information on how to copy a test.
Vision Impairment / ‘Zooming’ in
For students with vision impairment, it is recommended students use a paper test that can be blown up to an appropriate size. (If a paper test has been increased in this way, don’t forget to make allowances if students have been asked to measure lengths in Geometry tests).
‘Zooming in’ on the online version
Zooming has been disabled for tablets, as, during usability testing, younger students found accidentally zooming on tablets distracting.
You may be able to use the online version on a high-resolution desktop or laptop ‘zoomed in’ to 125%. However, e-asTTle has not been specifically designed to support this. You will need to experiment with the practice test on the device the student will be using to make sure you have a setup that works.
Note: e-asTTle requires a minimum 1260px width. Zooming in scales your browser width down. If you zoom too far, e-asTTle will show you a warning page indicating that your browser is not sufficiently wide. You will need to reload the page and try with a lower zoom level.
Using Custom Font Sizes
Increasing the default or minimum font sizes in your browser settings may prove helpful for students with vision impairment. However, keep in mind that many questions in e-asTTle are embedded in images. For example, a passage might be captured inside a picture. All maths equations are also embedded in images. These will not scale when the font size is adjusted.