With the myriad of changes directly impacting our educational system during the COVID pandemic, a great deal of flexibility has been required as it relates to a
learner's ability to earn a credential. NOCTI is offering remote proctoring to its education clients through ProctorU, a leading remote proctoring solution.
Certification and credentials continue to be an important part of a learner's portfolio, yet, the traditional methods for earning a credential have also been
temporarily impacted by the pandemic. If your site is interested in continuing to offer credentials and/or certifications, or if you will be moving forward with
credentialing and/or certification opportunities in the near future, NOCTI's remote proctoring option is an ideal interim solution while social distancing is in place.
A ProctorU remote proctoring session includes a live proctor overseeing the test administration. All accrediting bodies, national testing associations, and the
Association of Test Publishers agree this type of proctoring is the ideal option for high stakes credentialing. The fee for remote proctoring is $45.00 when ordered through
NOCTI. NOCTI coordinates the remote proctoring session with sites and ProctorU to schedule testing windows and assessments are taken using NOCTI's online testing system.
Customers with an active account are eligible to order the remote proctoring option through NOCTI's Client Services Center. If your organization is not a current client,
getting started with NOCTI is fast and easy. Review and complete our Security and Testing Agreement. To learn more, email NOCTI at
Ideas to Use During COVID-19
Organizations serving the CTE community are putting their creative thinking skills to use finding ways to continue
student learning. Many have reached out to NOCTI for ideas on how they can help ensure their students have the
opportunity to earn the credentials they have been working toward. While some decisions may depend on approval
from a state department of education or local district policy, here are some ideas that may spark some
conversations within your organization!
Take advantage of free digital study guides with your purchase of post-tests! Orders must be placed by May 30, 2020 and expiration dates will be extended to September 30, 2020
in order for schools to provide credentialing opportunities for 2020 seniors. Digital study guides can be used for all CTE completers within your state or school to keep students'
skills sharp. Available 24/7, digital study guides are accessible on mobile devices as well as desktops and tablets. They allow the teacher to follow students' progress and provide
a reusable question bank to assess student comprehension.
Take advantage of NOCTI's extensions for user codes. User codes for most testing programs have been extended through June 30, 2021.
Any customers who have ordered paper-based versions of NOCTI study guides will have the option to convert to the digital study guide format at no cost! Contact NOCTI by May 30, 2020
to take advantage of this free conversion and for more details.
Offer remote-proctored options that allow students to acquire high-stakes credentials during this time of remote learning. All accrediting bodies, national testing associations,
and the Association of Test Publishers agree that "live" proctoring is the only remote proctoring format that is accepted for high-stakes credentialing.
Recognize student completers in 2020 with digital badges signifying competence acquired. We know many of you
are planning virtual or drive-through graduations so think about the benefits of having a NOCTI-branded credential as
part of that ceremony. NOCTI offers digital badges for all of its credentials and we have a subscription-based badge
system that you can use to recognize students based on criteria you determine (e.g., best welder, most improved
technician, outstanding co-op student).
Administer an online pretest to learners in your 2021 graduating class to assess technical knowledge loss/gain due to the extended time away. This can be offered before school starts
through our remote proctoring option. Using this format allows teachers to plan instructional goals before students appear in the classroom. Pre-tests can also be used in a
school-proctored setting during a re-orientation period.
Review NOCTI's on-demand webinars as part of an ongoing instructional development program for your staff,
instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals. Webinars are available on the following topics:
Register for a New CTE Administrator virtual professional development session.
Inquire about a statewide or schoolwide online curriculum and certification package for workplace readiness.
For those states utilizing work-based learning as an accountability measure, consider requiring the
21st Century Skills for Workplace Success
credential and establishing a required score prior to allowing students to begin work-based learning programs or consider using the credential as a pre-test and post-test to
measure learning gains in those work-based learning components. We can tie that to free access to an online curriculum that directly aligns to that credential
(offer good until June 30, 2020).
For those that regularly utilize NOCTI and NOCTI partner program credentials, consider reviewing statewide
reports regarding how to highlight technical proficiencies within your state.
Considerations for CTE Teachers
Sign up for a New CTE Teacher virtual professional development session.