As we enter into the new fiscal year, we want to share an update and some ways we are able to assist you in meeting your candidate testing needs.

Here at CODESP, we have been working to come up with ways to help customers meet their candidate testing needs, while still ensuring the confidentiality of our testing materials that are shared among the consortium.

While the remote or un-proctored use of our regular multiple-choice items and exercises are strictly prohibited by our member service and security agreements, we have developed the following new ways to meet your needs at no extra cost:

-Entry-level Alternate (Non-Confidential) Multiple-Choice Items for use in remote testing systems - As a substitute for our standard multiple-choice packets/tests, we are currently developing batches of "alternate items" that are intended exclusively for remote/un-proctored use. These items will allow customers to use multiple-choice tests to reduce large candidate pools while maintaining the confidentiality of our regular items. These item packets will contain approximately 50 - 100 items and will be delivered via a Microsoft Word document and allow for easy copy and paste into a testing system of the customer's choosing. Do note that these items are intended for common entry-level classifications and customers must still use their own third-party testing system (such as Canvas, Blackboard, Test Genius) to administer tests. Administering via the screen share function in Zoom or other software is also an option. Please contact us if you have other administration ideas!

Alternate Multiple-Choice packets currently available include Custodial, Health Office, General Clerical, Paraprofessional (meets NCLB/ESSA requirement), Student Assessment/Records. Please allow for up to five (5) business days for requests to be filled. If additional items are required/requested to supplement those currently available, please allow for additional time.

Additional item packets are currently under development. Alerts will be added to as new packets are added.

-Customized and customer-specific scored Supplemental Application Forms / Training & Experience evaluations - In lieu of a multiple-choice test, some customers may wish to try this enhancement to the application process to help narrow the candidate pool. Additionally, Training & Experience evaluations can be used as an alternate testing component that can be attached to the application or distributed to candidates after they have applied with a deadline for them to return responses. Responses can then be e-mailed to job experts so that they can be scored remotely.

-Customized and customer-specific Situational and Writing Exercises - In lieu of a multiple-choice test, some customers may wish to send customized exercises for their candidates to complete and send back. These can also scored remotely. They would only be used by your agency, to minimize the exposure to multiple candidate groups, across agencies.

-Scored Interview Questions - Customers may conduct interviews with candidates remotely via Zoom, Skype, or other remote meeting service. You can even have a staff member conduct the interview and then send the recording to job experts to score!

It is our recommendation that the above un-proctored methods be used in conjunction with an interview to not only add another testing component, but also to verify information and confirm that the candidate was the one who truly completed the other test parts.

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