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Washoe County School District A Primer for Testing: Policies and Professional Expectations. 2007-2008 Public Policy, Accountability & Assessment. Mandatory Training for ALL School Personnel Involved with Testing.
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Public Policy, Accountability & Assessment
Notifying parents/guardians of the WCSD testing program is considered to be an important integral part of overall test and/or examination orientation and preparation.
All school administrators and teachers must communicate
with the parents/guardians of affected students
at least one month before the actual testing.
The Nevada High School Proficiency Examinations and the Nevada Criterion Referenced Tests, including the writing tests at grades 5, 8 and 11, do not have strict time limits.
Additional time in a quiet, test-conducive setting must be allowed for any student who is working productively at the end of the district-prescribed times.
Students needing additional time may not receive unsupervised breaks or be afforded an opportunity to interact with their peers.
The Norm Referenced Tests (ITBS & ITED) do have strict time limits. Any deviation from the specified time limits for NRTs is a violation of ethical testing practices and professional expectations and may be reported as a testing irregularity.
In February and May only fourth year students with 17 credits are eligible to take the HSPE.
At each administration of the High School Proficiency Examination each student must provide his/her photo ID for verification of identity.HSPE Eligibility
For the ITBS/ITED students may not mark in test booklets.
Additional instructional materials, beyond those specified in test administration instructions, or approved by an IEP committee, cannot be provided to students for use during a test administration.
Students may not have access to personal materials during testing, and test administrators should arrange to have the permissible materials available for distribution to students prior to testing.Still More Procedures…
that are selected by the National Assessment Governing Board for participation in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) MUST participate.
students or schools; instead, it offers reports
for the entire state based upon a sample of
irregularities at the same school in consecutive years,
the Nevada Department of Education may determine
that an examination must be administered again at the
expense of the school district or governing board of
a charter school.
concerning testing irregularities shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and is subject to disciplinary action.
Your Primer for Testing contains several important attachments that provide additional valuable information and must be reviewed by all staff:
1. Security Reminders Checklist
2. An Appropriate Testing Environment
3. WCSD Emergency Procedures during Testing
4. Achievement Level Score Ranges, 2007-2008
5. Acknowledgment of Professional or Classified
All WCSD assessment calendars may be accessed at http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/district/departments/publicpolicyandaccountability/assessment/
Paul La Marca 348-0322
Sandi Foster 348-0283