Welcome To The 2018-2019 School Year!

With the beginning of the school year, PowerSchool would like to provide information of common processes used throughout the school year in PowerSchool Assessment & PowerSchool Analytics.  There are links provided below that will provide step-by-step instructions for everyday processes used in Assessment & Analytics.


Assessment Library

Items are questions that can be placed on exams created in ‘Assessment Library’.  There are multiple types of items such as multiple choices, hot spot, fill-in-the-blank, drag and drop, and constructed response.  Items can also be tied to resources.  Resources are items associated with passages, graphs, charts, and tables.  Items and Resources can be created within the district and placed on exams created in ‘Assessment Library’.


Creating a New Item:



Creating a New Resource:



Creating an Exam:



Editing an Item:



If an item or exam has been completed by students, the content cannot be edited.  Editing content that has been graded, will change student data.  Due to this, items and exams can be duplicated, and the duplicated version can be edited.  If an item or exam was created within the district, it can be duplicated.  If the item or exam is created outside of the district, a new version can be created.


Creating a New Version of an Item:



Duplicating an Item:



Duplicating an Exam:



PowerSchool now offers a forward only style testing that mimics SOL testing.  The forward only option removes the summary and back button in PowerTest.  The feature should be setup when creating exams in ‘Assessment Library’.


Creating a Forward-Only PowerTest



Quick Key tests allow teachers to use IA's software to administer and grade paper tests that were not created using IA's items bank. Quick Key exams also allow teachers to use the reporting features of the IA software with the results of these tests. 


Creating a Quick Key Exam:



Testing Center

When an exam has been created and approved in ‘Assessment Library’, it can be assigned as a test session in ‘Testing Center’.  There are three types of test sessions that can be assigned to students, PowerTest, Read-Aloud, and Paper/Pencil.


PowerTest allows students to complete an exam on the computer that is randomized from the order created in ‘Assessment Library’.


Creating a PowerTest Test Session:



Currently PowerSchool does not offer an audio component for our online testing format. Given the volume of test items and custom question creation, manual recording is not a viable option for us. However, we are in the process of researching digital script reading software to one day be included as an option for testing. Currently to address these needs, we offer a Read-Aloud testing format. Essentially you would choose Read-Aloud as the type of test session you want when creating a test session in 'Testing Center' for your exam. What this does is disables all randomizing of questions, passages, and question choices for a students’ test so that as they take their exam, their exam will be in the same order as that of a printed copy of the exam that a proctor would be reading from.


Creating a Read-Aloud Test Session:



Paper/pencil test sessions allow students to complete an exam using a printed version of an exam and a bubble sheet.  When assigning a quick key exam, users will want to create a paper/pencil exam.


Creating a Paper/Pencil Test Session:



Students may review their assessment after submitting a completed exam.  If the Student Assessment Review feature is enabled within the district, the feature can be setup for each test session when creating the test session in ‘Testing Center’.


Enabling Student Assessment Review in a Test Session



Student Assessment Review in PowerTest



Logging in to Student Assessment Review After PowerTest



Students can be added and removed from a test session individually. 


Adding a student to a test session



Removing a Student From a Test Session



When test sessions are created, the test session status should be changed to green to allow students to download and complete the exam.


Changing the status of a test session



Paper/pencil exams require bubble sheets to be printed from the test session.  Once the test session has been created, student bubble sheets may be printed.


      a. Click Menu.

      b. Select Print All Bubble Sheets from the drop-down menu.




The exam should be printed within the test session as well.  To print the pdf version of the exam, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Menu, then select Print Exam from the drop-down list. A printable PDF of the exam will open.



When a student has been kicked out of a test session or exited a test session without selecting summary then exit in PowerTest, the test session will need to be reset in order for the student to access the test again. 


Assessment Results

When a test has been submitted for grading, users can review the assessment results in ‘Reporting’.


  - Reviewing Student Scores




PowerTest is the testing platform used to delivered online assessments. 

When creating online test sessions, users select PowerTest as the Session Type. Students log into PowerTest using their student number, then select from a list of available test sessions. 

PowerTest offers students a variety of tools to assist in their testing experience and allows a test administer to monitor their progress from the test session in Testing Center.


‘No Tests’ Error Message in PowerTest.

To access PowerTest, a student must be assigned a test session.  The test session needs to be in green light status.


If a student is receiving a ‘no tests’ error message in PowerTest and is assigned to a test session that has a green light status, the URL being used to access PowerTest should be check to ensure the district’s name is in the URL.  Each district has a unique URL for PowerTest.  Students should use the link provided by the district to access PowerTest. 




‘Duplicate Student’ Error Message in PowerTest

A duplicate student error message in PowerTest, indicates a student that has a duplicate account in PowerSchool Assessment.  Merging duplicate student accounts is a support feature.  To have duplicate student accounts merged, users will want to call into A&A Support.  When calling into support, users should have the name of the district and student ID ready.


Count down in PowerTest or Student Being Kicked out of PowerTest

PowerTest has a built-in security measure that we refer to as kiosk mode. Kiosk mode is intended to prevent students from accessing other computer programs during testing in an effort to mitigate the possibility of cheating. When PowerTest detects the student attempting to navigate away from PowerTest or open another program, kiosk mode is activated. The student’s screen goes black and begins to count down from ten in large white numbers. If a student clicks back into PowerTest while it is counting down, it will re-select PowerTest, stop counting, and the student can continue testing. If the student does not re-select PowerTest during this countdown, they will be automatically exited from the test and the student’s exam will need to be reset to allow the student to log back in and resume testing.


In some instances, kiosk mode may be triggered by other sources such as automatic updates attempting to install, a screen saver activating, the Windows key being pressed on a PC, the Apple key being pressed on a Mac, or a variety of key strokes (ESC, F3, F4, F7, F11, CTRL+SHIFT+TAB, and ALT+ TAB). If a teacher is able to confirm that a student is receiving this kiosk function without intentionally leaving PowerTest or hitting any of the aforementioned keystrokes, they should contact an ITRT to see if the operation is being triggered by another program on that student computer.