How do I configure tools and accommodations for individual formative assessments?

Item-based Enhanced accommodation (EA) assessments have several tools and accommodation features for students to use during the Mastery Connect assessment experience. Teachers can manage these tools at the individual assessment level or at the tracker level

Notes:

  • If you make changes to the tools and accommodations on an active assessment, any students currently taking the assessment need to log out and back in to see the changes.
  • In the Assessments list, assessments that support the enhanced accommodations feature display an EA indicator.
  • Tools and accommodations must be enabled in your district at the administrative level.
  • If a district enables the Respondus LockDown Browser at implementation or through a request to their Customer Success Manager, users will be able to enable the use of Respondus for students taking EA formative assessments.
  • Text-to-speech is not available for document-based assessments. Students who require text-to-speech for a document-based assessment should use a native OS screen reader such as VoiceOver for Mac or JAWS for Windows.

Open Tracker

In the Global Navigation menu, click the Trackers tab [1] and then click the name of the tracker [2].

Open Standard

Open Standard

To configure tools and accommodations for an assessment, click the title of the standard that contains the assessment.

Open Assess Window

Open Assess Modal

Locate the assessment and click the Assess tab.

Configure Tools and Accommodations

If the district administrator has allowed tools and accommodations for your assessment, the buttons in the Tools and Accommodations section display the status of each tool and accommodation [1]. By default, the available tools and accommodations are set according to the tracker-level tools and accommodations.

A shaded button indicates the tool or accommodation is active in the assessment [2]. 

An unshaded button indicates the tool or accommodation is not active in the assessment [3]. 

To allow a tool or accommodation, click the item's button [4]. 

Learn how each of these tools function and view how they will be used by students.

Note: If you make changes to the tools and accommodations on an active assessment, any students currently taking the assessment need to log out and back in to see the changes.

Select Calculator

Select Calculator

To add a basic, extended, or scientific calculator to the assessment, click the Calculator button [1]. Then select the Basic, Extended, or Scientific option [2].

Note: To disable a calculator, select the (None) option [5].

Select Paid Calculator

Select Paid Calculator

If your district purchased the Desmos calculators or a paid state calculator subscription, you can enable one of these calculators.

To enable a Desmos calculator, click the Desmos Calculator button [1]. Then select the Desmos Four Function, the Desmos Scientific, or the Desmos Graphing option [2].

To select a state calculator, select a state calculator option [3].

Note: To disable a paid calculator, select the (None) option [4].

Select Ruler Length

Select Ruler Length

To add a ruler to the assessment, click the Ruler button [1], then select an option from the corresponding menu [2].

Note: To disable the ruler, select the (None) option [3].

Enable Item-Level Tools

If tools were added as a feature to an item during the item authoring process, they are enabled by default. To disable them, click the Include question level tools toggle. 

Restore Defaults

To restore the default settings that were configured for all assessments on the tracker, click the Restore Default button.

Close to Save Changes

To save the tools and accommodations configurations, click the Close button.