FACTA Conference 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TABE 11 & 12 Is Finally Here: What’s all the Buzz About?
Jane Silveria, Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education
Jane will discuss the new version of the TABE, when it will be approved for use in Florida, and changes we can expect with the test and with training opportunities.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Keynote : “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”                           
Donna Smith, HRSS Consulting Group, LLC
Being an effective Test Administrator, much like being an effective parent, requires love.  This love empowers this important, challenging, and dynamic job through four functions.  These four functions speak to and meet the needs of the Test Administrator's trilateral customers.  The school that employs the Test Administrator, the organizations whose tests they administer, and the people taking the tests could not be successful without the actions of a Test Administrator.  Let's talk about what love has to do with that.
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TAP-C Update                       
Chad Warner & Pam Kirby, McCann Associates
Mark Ross, College of Central Florida
In this session, learn about important updates to the TAP-C Level I certification program including eligibility requirements, retake policies, test status, security, pilot results, payment processes for FACTA and non-FACTA members, and the targeted go-live launch date.  Additional information will also be provided on the future development of the TAP-C Level II certification program.  

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Newcomer’s Orientation
Kathryn Quillen, Pensacola State University
The Newcomer’s Orientation is a wonderful opportunity for new members or first-time conference attendees to become familiar with the Florida Association of College Test Administrators (FACTA). This session is designed to help you navigate the organization and meet other testing professionals. By the end of this session you will have a better understanding of FACTA’s history and mission, the various committees, our yearly meetings and how to get the most benefit from utilizing our website. We can’t wait to meet you, answer your questions, and help you discover how FACTA can become a worthwhile part of your professional development.

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Program Updates from ACCUPLACER and CLEP

Gini Beran & Kathie Montogenese, College Board
Discover what is new with ACCUPLACER, including Next Generation test content and specifications, evaluating your placement program and timelines for transition. The CLEP program will share new research, study preparation materials and resources to help promote CLEP at your institution.

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Ensur
ing Test Security While Considering Student Equity and Success                        
Phil Davis, Broward College
Have you ever sat back and really examined the policies and procedures we enforce or adhere to in testing? Whether you have or haven’t, it is clear that these policies and procedures don’t always consider the myriad of unique characteristics and needs students in the 2010’s present upon enrolling at our institutions. No longer are we able to make blanket policies and procedures without keeping in mind how to deal with the necessary exceptions to the policies and procedures. This session will provide an interactive forum to discuss and delve into these complex issues. Attend with an open mind and your critical thinking cap on! This will be a great opportunity for some transformation discussion.

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RegisterBlast: Scheduling Students with Accommodations Just Got Easier           
Dwight Pittman,  RegisterBlast, Frando Patterson, Florida Atlantic University
Awareness of the need for universal access is on the rise. In response, RegisterBlast has integrated a seamless accommodations service into our existing scheduling platform. Disabilities Services can assign approved accommodations to students inside RegisterBlast. Accommodated students can select the approved services within the same registration process as all other students, or Testing Centers can manually schedule a student in just a few easy steps. Whether students need time and a half, double time, a scribe, private room or approved devices, RegisterBlast is one step ahead in the conversation.

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ACT Updates and Resources
Wesley Gentry, ACT State Lead
This session will review ACT resources and data points that can be used for a variety of purposes. We will discuss the five predictive modeling indices that come with each ACT score record—including the interest-major fit score. Attendees will also learn about OpenEd, ACT’s open resource library of instructional resources including quizzes, homework assignments and lesson plans. Finally, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and get updates on new items at ACT.

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Certiport: Bigger, Better MTA
Todd Bay, Certiport

The speed at which technology is advancing is almost hard to comprehend, and skills that were once being demanded for future jobs are needed now.  Coding is now not only an essential skill, it’s a critical form of literacy that allows you to communicate with 7 billion people across the globe.  The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification not only offers skills validation on the world’s most prevalent software, but it now brings coding and programming certifications to the forefront.  With some of the highest paying jobs requiring familiarity with coding and programming, proof of your skills is equally as important as acquiring them.  Join Certiport as we discuss the brand new MTA coding and programming exams, and how certification can help connect those who are helping shape the world with the companies who are searching for them.

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 Legislative Changes in Florida for Students with Disabilities
Deborah Larew, Director of Students with Disabilities, Valencia College
Valencia College is a state college with a community college heart. We have an open door admission policy which allows students with standard diplomas to enter college. For the past 7 years, Florida legislators have passed laws that remove special diploma options for students with disabilities. Now the Division of Colleges has instructed our office to add a new category to our reporting structure– Intellectual Disability. Our numbers are now exploding. This presentation will explore the outcomes of this legislation and its impact on our students.

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Friday, February 16, 2018
The Latest in Testing and Assessment:  An Update from the Florida Department of Education and Board of Governors

Dr. Amy Albee-Levine, Director of Academic & Workforce Programs, Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges.
Dr. Karinda Barrett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges
This session will provide participants with the latest information from the Division of Florida Colleges including updates on civics literacy requirements, as well as information on the FTCE and test security, the High School Equivalency diploma and the Florida Virtual Campus . In addition, we will share updates from Board of Governors. 

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Exemplary Practices:
SmarterProctoring: An Online Solution

Dr. Judy Jones-Liptrot, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Are you in need of an online assessment solution? Try SmarterProctoring! SmarterProctoring is a Proctoring Management System that helps facilitate proctored local and remote online exams. In addition, it allows students to schedule their exams within their Blackboard or Canvas platform, and it allows faculty to monitor their students’ testing experience by-way-of an Exam Dashboard. It is an all in one solution.

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Industry Certification: One Stop Shopping          
Phil Davis, Broward College
See how our testing center has increased student opportunities by offering more certification exams. Learn how to keep a more accurate account of certification vouchers and scores for your institution. The key to increased revenue is using data collected from certification exams for state reporting. By embedding certification information within the curriculum, Broward College continues to increase our testing centers’ presence by expanding certification offerings.

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Creating a College-Wide Test Center Best Practice
Erica Reese & Michael Blackburn, Valencia College
As many test centers can relate, the testing center referral process is not always followed and can become frustrating to faculty and testing center staff alike. To address this issue, a group of Valencia testing professionals came together from different campuses, with the support of faculty, to create a standard Testing Center Best Practice document. The results included better relationships among faculty and testing staff as well as accountability all around.

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