Next Course Testing Protocol Details

Unlike MDTP diagnostic tests, the MDTP next-course enrollment tests are high stakes tests.  To enable better security, the test will only be offered on the MDTP online testing platform.

This is a pilot program and the MDTP testing protocol calls for schools/districts to attend a virtual training (approximately 90 minutes); administer the enrollment test in late spring;  follow-up in the fall with administration of the appropriate course readiness test (as an appropriate course enrollment checkpoint); complete a post enrollment survey in the fall; and a post course survey at the end of 9th grade.  See below for further details:

  • Next-course enrollment tests are only available on the free MDTP online testing platform
    • Pre-testing training is required prior to receiving access to the platform. This is a virtual training for teachers, proctors, and or administrators lasting up to 90 minutes.
  • Schools and districts will agree to administer the next course enrollment test(s) in late spring, prior to enrolling students as per SB-359 Sec. 2.7 (1)
  • Schools and districts will agree to administer the course-appropriate readiness test in the fall, after students are enrolled into their courses,  as per SB-359 SB-359 Sec. 2.7 (2)
  • Schools and districts joining the enrollment pilot will agree to complete two surveys at the end the assessment cycle for a testing cohort:
    • Post enrollment testing survey: will ask the following:
      • Describe how you used the assessment tool to aid in enrollment decisions (such as but not limited to cut scores, topic scores, in combination with grades, etc.)
      • A breakdown of the total number of students and the total numbers for the courses they placed into (such as: 100 students took the GP with 80 students enrolled into Geometry and 20 students enrolled into Algebra 1)
    • Post course survey: will ask for a breakdown of grades at the end of each course (such as:  of the 80 students placed into Geometry, 20 = A, 20 = B, 20 = C, 10 = D, 10 = F)
    • The survey data is not student-specific, so identifiers are not needed but, the data is important for our ability to determine test reliability during pilot/field-testing.