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How do I write comments on the recordings in the Testing Application?

Writing comments on the recordings in the Testing Application.

Comments can only be added if you have an internet connection. Also, the pupil's recordings are not uploaded while you are adding comments.

The comment ‘The pupil did not participate’ must be entered in the Results Portal.  This comment is not available in the Testing Application.

To add a comment:

  1. Click the speech bubble next to the name of the pupil you want to add a comment to.
  2. A separate window will open with two fields ‘Comment’ and ‘Internal comment’.
  3. ‘Comment’, here you can choose from a list of predefined comments, adding as many as you feel necessary. Anything entered in this field will be visible to all users of the Results Portal. Click on ‘Save’ when you have finished.
  4. ‘Internal comments’, this is a free text field and the information entered into this field is only visible to Examiners and Lexplore System Administrators. Use this field to communicate anything to the Lexplore Quality Review team that you think is relevant to the testing and which might be of interest to your fellow Examiners. It is important to remember not to write anything sensitive in this box that does not concern the test. Click on ‘Save’ when you have finished.

Predefined comments and what they mean:

“The Examiner assisted the pupil reading the text”
Watch and listen to the recordings to see how much help the pupil received. If the Examiner has helped the pupil read most of the text it will affect the result and the result is not valid. In this instance the pupil should be marked as an ‘Emerging Reader’. Examiners can assist with reading where pupil’s require support, this comment is useful for colleagues viewing the data as further intervention might be required.

“The pupil did not wear their glasses for the test”
If a pupil needs glasses to read, we advise they wear them for the assessment. If they did not have their glasses on the day of the test, we would advise a retest when they do have them.

“The pupil did not participate (Only available via the Results Portal)”

If the pupil was not in school at the time of testing due to sickness or other absence, we advise marking that they did not participate.

“The pupil was very active”

An active pupil can impact on scores. We advise the Examiners to use this comment so colleagues are aware that activity may have affected the score.

“Poor calibration / incomplete”

If after several attempts the Examiner could not achieve a successful calibration this comment is required. For various reasons not all pupils can calibrate, they can sit the assessment anyway, but poor or incomplete calibration can affect the recording quality and the reading patterns. This comment is useful for colleagues viewing the results.

“The Examiner assisted the pupils with the letters”

Examiners can assist with the RAN as pupils may require support. This is a useful comment for other colleagues viewing the data as further intervention might be required.

Internal Comments (Only visible to Examiners).

Sometimes the Examiner uses the Internal Comments field to provide extra detail about the assessment. For example, “The pupil gave the sounds for the RAN and not the names” or “A coloured overlay was used”. This is useful for intervention support.