DRC|CTB Field Testing and Research Studies
• Adult participants can receive between $50–250 in a VISA® gift card for completing all assigned testing when they participate at a local testing center.
• Testing centers, including adult education centers, will receive additional incentives for each student that completes the test. View the "Incentives" tab below for more information.
DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test
Recent changes in the Adult Education landscape have put a lot of pressure on educators across the country. Your ability to track your students' progress according to new requirements is critical to their future success, and to the health of your education program. DRC|CTB is investing in the future of Adult Education, and as part of that work we invite you to participate in a national field test for TABE®.
Participating sites will have the opportunity to view potential new items and to try the DRC INSIGHT™ technology platform. Participating students will experience test items written to the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education at their educational level. Both your program and your students have the opportunity to make some extra money!
DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test Details:
- Testing window: March 1–April 15, 2016
- Subjects: Reading, Language, and Math
- Randomly assigned and will range from 3–8 hours for each content area
- Formats: both online and paper/pencil*
*Test-takers will need the use of a computer with Internet access.
You may select one content area or participate in all three. Testing is flexible and may be given in one sitting, or over multiple class periods or days. The testing window is set from March 1, 2016–April 15, 2016.
DRC|CTB invites adult learners of all levels who currently study at an adult education center to participate. All participants must be at least 18 years old.
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Registration - For Adult Students
Testing Window: March 1–April 15, 2016
- Testing schedules are flexible
- Adult students—contact your local Adult Learning Center
- Adult Learning Centers—details on the next tab
- Participating students have an opportunity to earn from $50-250 in a VISA® gift card for completing all assigned testing when they participate at a local testing center. Their incentive is determined by the number for content areas taken and the length of the forms assigned. **An extra bonus will be paid to students who complete all three content areas.
- Email: email@example.com
- Call: 877.325.5414
Registration - For Testing Centers
Testing Window: March 1–April 15, 2016
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 877.325.5414
Frequently Asked Questions
DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test is an excellent opportunity to earn money for you and your students. Your participation provides students with an opportunity to be exposed to the new College and Career Readiness standards for adult education, to try DRC new test platform, and to support the development of high quality assessments that will help future student achievement. Participation is by invitation only and schools will receive $15 for each student that completes all assigned testing in accordance with the testing specifications. In addition, sites are eligible for up to $200 in bonuses and participating students can earn between $50 and $250.
The testing window is set from March 1, 2016–April 15, 2016. DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test will consist of three sections: Reading, Language, and Math. You may select one content area or participate in all three. Forms will be randomly assigned and range from 3–6 hours for each content area. Testing will be conducted both online and paper/pencil. Test-takers will need the use of a computer with Internet access. Testing may be done in one sitting, or broken into two or more sessions. It is our goal to be flexible to work with your site’s and students' schedules.
Which students are eligible to participate?
All participating students must be at least 18 years old, and they must be enrolled in one or more classes at your school. They might be enrolled in a GED® course, workforce development course, or any other kind of enrichment. If they've just completed a course at your school, or if they’ve enrolled in a course but the course has not yet begun, they are also eligible to participate. Unfortunately, students who are not enrolled in one or more courses at an adult education center are not eligible to participate.
What exactly does a student have to do to participate?
Participating student will take two tests—one paper/pencil form and one administered online. Each student can participate in any or all of the content areas being offered at their testing site at their appropriate level. An extra bonus is offered to students that complete all three content areas.
Each student that commits to participate will be assigned (or allowed to select) a specific testing session by their testing site. Every testing session will be assigned a unique test form and specified testing dates/time. Most forms can be completed in one sitting, but can be broken into multiple days if needed. The student will need to complete all testing assigned to that particular session.
What are the test dates?
Our research study test window is scheduled to begin February 16, 2016 and continue until April 15, 2016. You may test anytime during that testing window, but we will need your actual testing dates well in advance to allow secure testing materials to be shipped.
When will we get the results?
NO RESULTS WILL BE PROVIDED. Because this is a research study, NO formal score reports will be provided for the DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test.
What content areas are used for this study?
The DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test will consist of three sections: Reading, Language, and Math. You may select one content area or participate in all three. Each of the three content are available at all five proficiency levels–L, E, M, D, & A.
How long is the testing?
The DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test consists of many forms. These forms will be randomly assigned and range from 3-8 hours for each content area. For the initial planning of your testing sessions, please inquire for time ranges for the level at which you wish to participate. Once you receive your form assignments, detailed testing times will be provided.
How are the tests to be administered?
Students will take both an online and paper/pencil section for each test, and the form assign will dictate the order in which each test is given. As most forms can be finished in half a day, we encourage site to complete testing in one sitting. Students may take a 90 minute online test—take a break and reconvene in a classroom—and then complete a 2.5 hour paper/pencil test. Sites may choose to give the paper and pencil test on Monday morning and the online test on Tuesday morning. DRC will be flexible to make this work with your schools and students' schedules.
All level L testing and all test conducted at correctional facilities will be paper/pencil ONLY.
How do we return paper /pencil testing materials?
All testing materials will be returned to DRC. Instructions for packing test booklets/answer sheets as well as secure and unsecure testing materials will be supplied in the Test Coordinator manual. Testing materials must be returned no later than 5 days after your last day of testing. A website will be available to schedule a pickup of your material and print all needed shipping labels.
What if we need more materials?
Additional Materials Request Forms will be available if your site requires more paper/pencil testing material. Sample Acquisition will validate your order and submit for fulfillment. Requests will be processed on demand and materials will arrive in 3-6 days.
All field test materials are being produced in limited quantities to control cost. Please be mindful of this when providing enrollment totals for paper/pencil orders. Having 20 unused test books at your site may preclude another site's participation and keep us from testing our needed totals. Additional material will be readily available for you.
You said my school would receive benefits or money for this…how much do we get?
Your participation provides students with an opportunity to be exposed to the new College and Career Readiness standards for adult education, to try DRC new test platform, and to support the development of high quality assessments that will help future student achievement.
Furthermore DRC will pay your site $15 for each participating student, in recognition of your time and effort to recruit test-takers and proctor the tests. In addition, you can earn up to $200 in bonuses for managing the secure test materials and testing 85% or your enrolled students. Site incentive payment will be made by check and issued approximately 60 working days after the end of the study.
For participating correctional facilities, while you will not be eligible of any bonus payments and your inmates will not receive gift cards, DRC|CTB will pay your site $50 for each participating student.
Who is responsible for managing/tracking the student Visa gift Cards? Does that become someone at our Adult Ed. center or is that the test administrator(s) responsibility or DRC?
A gift card spreadsheet will be set up for your site in Google® with all enrolled students listed. We ask that your site updates this sheet as your students complete their testing. Sample Acquisition will verify the test is complete and their release form received, and then submitted the student for a gift card. The Google doc is updated so you can track the status of students at all times. While it is highly recommended that delivery of the gift cards be made to your site, gift cards may be mailed directly to students’ homes, if you prefer.
Where can I get more information about DRC/CTB and products?
Please visit our websites, for complete information about company and our products:
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More information about this and other ongoing research studies »
Participating students have an opportunity to earn from $50-250 in a VISA® gift card for completing all assigned testing when they participate at a local testing center. Their incentive is determined by the number for content areas taken and the length of the forms assigned. **An extra bonus will be paid to students who complete all three content areas.
Testing sites will earn $15 per participating student, in recognition of your time and effort to recruit test-takers and proctor the tests. In addition, you can earn up to $200 in bonuses for managing the secure test materials and testing 85% of your enrolled students.
Frequently Asked Questions - For Student/Adult Participant Incentives
How much will I be paid?
We appreciate your efforts related to this field test. To compensate you for your time, we are providing participants who complete all assigned testing a VISA gift card. Students can participate in one, two or all three content areas and can earn $50-$250 based on their choices. Student incentive is determined by the number for content areas taken and the length of the forms assigned. **An extra bonus will be paid to students who complete all three content areas.
How will I be paid?
After confirming that your exam is complete, we will provide you with a VISA gift card. You can use this card anywhere that accepts VISA. Activate your VISA card by visiting www.omnicard.com/cards/activate or call 1.877.357.4975.
Can I get cash back on the gift card?
Your VISA card may be used anywhere VISA is accepted. It cannot be exchanged for cash.
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