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Q. Who composed the tests?
A. The tests were composed by a group of mathematics curriculum experts from British Columbia.

Q. Do the tests conform to the Western Canadian Protocol Common Curriculum?
A. Yes.

Q. What is the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol (WNCP)?
A. In December 1993, the ministers responsible for education in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories signed the Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education (WCP), Kindergarten to Grade 12. In February 2000, Nunavut also joined WCP. Several cooperative projects are underway, including the development of common curriculum frameworks with learning outcomes in mathematics, language arts and international languages. The first common framework in mathematics, Kindergarten to Grade 9, was released in English and French in June 1995. The first common framework in English Language Arts was released in 1996.
Visit the WNCP website at http://www.wncp.ca

Q. Can I print or otherwise use questions from the online tests?
A. No. The rights holder (Vancouver IslandNet) licenses the use of the tests to testonline.ca, and does not permit other uses without expressed written permission of Vancouver IslandNet.

Q. Can I print the tests for classroom use?
A. No, that use is not permitted.

Q. If my district has already purchased the tests from vancouver IslandNet, can we subscribe to your service?
A. Yes.

Scheduling
Q. Can my students do the tests at any time?
A. Yes, once you have uploaded the student data for a division, the students can complete the tests.

Q. When are the tests usually administered?
A. You can administer the tests at any time during the year. Most districts administer them in October and November, and again in April, May and June.

Q. Do we have to contact you when a division is ready to take the tests?
A. No. As long as your district is a registered user, your district coordinator can upload your data, have the student complete the tests, and download the reports at any time.

Uploading Student Data
Q. Why, when I upload my database, do the tests not appear in Reports Management?
A. One reason could be that in the School field, you used a school name rather than a school number. The School field only works with the Ministry of Education school numbers. To correct, open your school data (.CSV) file that contains the data you uploaded, and change all the incorrect school names to school numbers. Then re-upload your database.

Q. How do I find the Ministry-assigned number of schools in my district?
A. On the Upload Student Data page, there is a link Lookup School & District ID. The numbers for all the schools in your district will appear in a list.

Q. Error messages appear when I try to upload my file.
A. The most common cause of this problem is that you have inadvertently saved the upload file as an .XLS file rather than a .CSV file. See User's Guide Appendix 3 for help.

Reports

Q. Can I request additions to the reports?
A. Yes, you can request to have additional demographic fields (e.g. ESL) added to the tests.

Q. How soon after the test session do I get my division, student, school and district reports and databases?
A. Your reports are available for download immediately, and at any time.

Q. Can I get my data file?
A. Yes. You own your data, and you can download it as a .CSV file by school/grade and by district/grade at the end of the Fall (Formative) and Spring (Summative) sessions.

District Registration and Administration
Q. Can we have more than one District Coordinator.
A. Yes, you can have up to three assistant coordinators. To add coordinators (or to change or edit coordinators), go to http://testonline.ca/admin and click on Add/Edit Coordinators.

Q. Can our students log in using their student number rather than their PEN?
A. Yes. Simply insert student numbers in the PEN field (column) of the database to be uploaded.


Security and Privacy

Q. Is student data protected by secure sockets layer?
A. Yes. Students log in to https://testonline.ca. Notice that the start of the URL has an 's'. That means that an SSL certificate has been installed on testonline.ca

Q. What is SSL?
A. (pronounced as separate letters) Short for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol developed by Netscape for transmitting private documents via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data - a public key known to everyone and a private or secret key known only to the recipient of the message. Both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL, and many Web sites use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers.By convention, URLs that require an SSL connection start with https: instead of http:.

Q. Will Testonline.ca sign an agreement regarding personal student information?
A. Yes. We will sign any agreement with any district that assures the District that we will protect student data.

Q. What is your Privacy Policy.
A. Our Privacy Policy can be accessed at https://testonline.ca/privacy.htm. The policy is based on a template taken from the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner's website http://www.oipcbc.org/, and adapted for our purposes.
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