DRC BEACON Statewide

Georgia

Administrators, teachers, and students may notice some similarities between GA Milestones and DRC BEACON. Both make use of the DRC INSIGHT test engine and the DRC INSIGHT Portal test management system. If you have used DRC INSIGHT Portal to manage GA Milestones users, test sessions, students, and results, you will already be familiar with these tasks for DRC BEACON.

Managing Users - GA Milestones vs. DRC BEACON

The main difference between GA Milestones and DRC BEACON with respect to managing users is that DRC BEACON includes an additional Teacher User role. Teachers can perform many of the same functions as School Test Coordinators for DRC BEACON.

User Role GA Milestones DRC BEACON
System Test Coordinators Systems and Training

  • Ensure all personnel have been trained in proper test administration and security procedures
  • Manage organization and user account information in the online testing system
  • May, if necessary, help School Test Coordinators with test scheduling and the editing of student data (such as reporting testing irregularities)
  • Monitor test administration
  • Provide support for School Test Coordinators during testing
  • Verify that all tasks are completed at the end of testing
Systems and Training

  • Ensure all personnel have been trained in proper test administration and security procedures
  • Manage organization and user account information in the online testing system
  • May, if necessary, help School Test Coordinators with test scheduling and the editing of student data (such as reporting testing irregularities)
  • Monitor test administration
  • Provide support for School Test Coordinators during testing
  • Verify that all tasks are completed at the end of testing 

System Test Coordinators may also:

  • Add Teacher Users to the DRC INSIGHT Portal
  • Assign students to student groups (designated teachers)
  • May support School Test Coordinators in adding Teacher Users and assigning students
School Test Coordinators Student Management

  • Add and edit student information in Student Management
  • Manage test sessions
  • Assign appropriate accommodations for qualified students
  • Print Test Tickets
  • Ensure that appropriate accommodations are selected for students prior to printing their Test Tickets

Systems and Training

  • Supervise workstation and network setup before testing begins
  • Ensure Examiners and Proctors have been trained in proper test administration procedures
  • Monitor testing to ensure that established administration and security procedures are followed
  • Monitor student status reports
  • Return all secure materials to the System Test Coordinator when testing is complete.
Student Management

  • Add and edit student information in Student Management
  • Manage test sessions
  • Assign appropriate accommodations for qualified students
  • Print Test Tickets*
  • Ensure that appropriate accommodations are selected for students prior to printing Test Tickets*
  • Add Teacher Users*
  • Assign students to student groups (designated teachers)*

Systems and Training

  • Supervise workstation and network setup before testing begins
  • Ensure Teachers have been trained in proper test administration procedures
  • Monitor testing to ensure that established administration and security procedures are followed
  • Monitor student status reports*
  • Return all secure materials to the System Test Coordinator when testing is complete

* School Test Coordinators may also support Teacher Users in completing these tasks

Technology Coordinators or building-level technology support staff System Set-up and Monitoring

  • Set up student workstations and network connections
  • Ensure all configuration requirements are met
  • Download and install testing software and test content
  • Provide technical support to Examiners during test administration
System Set-up and Monitoring

  • Set up student workstations and network connections
  • Ensure all configuration requirements are met
  • Download and install testing software and test content
  • Provide technical support to Teachers during test administration
Examiners Test Administration

  • Use Part 4 and Part 5 of the GA Milestones Test Administration Manual to administer the Georgia Milestones EOC assessments
  • Assisted by at least one Proctor, who may help with room preparation and student monitoring. When 30 students or more are to be tested in one location, the assistance of a Proctor is required.
Test Administration

  • May be assisted by at least one Proctor, who may help with room preparation and student monitoring
Teachers
  • GA Milestones does not include a Teacher User.
Student Management

  • Create test sessions* from the students assigned to teacher’s student groups
  • Manage test sessions*
  • Manage student groups* (students assigned to teacher’s student group)
  • Assign appropriate accommodations for qualified students* in teacher’s student group
  • Ensure appropriate accommodations are selected* for students assigned to teacher’s student groups prior to printing Test Tickets
  • Print Test Tickets* for students assigned to teacher’s student group
  • View DRC BEACON reports* for the students assigned to teacher’s student group

* School Test Coordinators may also support Teacher Users in completing these tasks