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. . . . . . . . Download the updated Test Administrator's Manual.. NEW. Time Limit ChangeEleventh grade students will have a new testing time limit of thirty-five minutes.. . . . . . . . . Updates February 2007 :. NEW. Absentee Reporting ChangeThe Writing Assessment will not have a separate Abs

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1. Writing Assessment February 6, 2007 February 7, 2007 Make Up Date

3. Time Limit Change Eleventh grade students will have a new testing time limit of thirty-five minutes.

4. Absentee Reporting Change The Writing Assessment will not have a separate Absentee Form this year. An answer document with completed demographics should be turned in for every absent student.

5. Absentee Reporting Change The absent circle in the Absentee Status Box should be darkened only if the student is absent on both the testing and makeup day. This answer document should be placed under the Group Information Sheet with the scoreable answer documents.

6. Absentee Reporting Change Participation Changes Fifth grade Home School students will participate in the 2007 Writing Assessment.

7. Absentee Reporting Change Answer Document Changes All the student demographic information is on page one of the answer document.

8. Absentee Reporting Change Answer Document Changes There is a separate answer document for students in grades 5, 8, and 11, who qualify to take the TCAP Writing Alternative Assessment. Only TCAP Alt students will use this answer document.

9. Online Updates Submit all Report of Irregularity forms in the Breach Envelope. All RI forms must be submitted online on the TCAP Reports website.

10. Answer Document An answer document bubbled absent must be completed and scanned for each student requesting a medical exemption. Medical Exemption forms should be returned in the Breach Envelope. The medical exemption request should be entered on the TCAP Reports website on an RI form.

11. Answer Document Check student demographic information on the new Measurement website.

12. School Group Lists do not need to be submitted online for the Writing Assessment. Katrina/Rita Hurricane Disaster Coding Identify any student evacuees by completing the following on the student answer document. Use the State Use Only Section. Bubble C1 to identify Katrina evacuees and bubble C2 to identify Rita evacuees.

13. First Year ELL Exempt Coding ELL students who are enrolled for the first year in an American school and do not participate in the TCAP Writing Assessment grid B1 in the State Use Only Box.

14. Prohibit all personnel from obtaining knowledge of test items or passage content before, during, and after testing Train all personnel involved in the testing process on State Test Security Law, Security Guidelines

15. Testing Guidelines: Restrict handling of test materials to authorized personnel at all times Implement check-in, check-out, and quantity verification procedures for all test materials Return test materials immediately when the entire administration is completed

16. Store test materials in a centrally-located locked room that is inaccessible to unauthorized persons Conceal all instructional or reference materials in the test setting which are related to the content area being assessed

17. Turn off all electronic communication devices (cell phones, pagers, PDAs, etc.) in the test setting Confirm identity of each student is the person named on the answer document for every testing session Require Test Administrators to remain with the students and be observant and non-disruptive throughout the testing session.

18. Require Test Administrators and Proctors to carefully adhere to all test administration and accommodation instructions, following appropriate schedules Prohibit coaching students in any way during State assessments Prohibit reading test items and passages by anyone other than the students being tested, unless indicated in test instructions or accommodations

19. Ensure that test items are not reproduced, duplicated, or paraphrased in any way, for any reason, by any person Ensure students respond to test without assistance from anyone Maintain confidentiality of student-specific accountability demographic information and test results at all times Document test security concerns, including missing materials, on the Breach of Testing Security Report Form

20. TCA 49-1-607 Noncompliance with security guidelines of the TCAP or successor test. Any person found to have not followed security guidelines for administration of the TCAP test, or a successor test, including making or distributing unauthorized copies of the test, altering a grade or answer sheet, providing copies of answers or test questions, or otherwise compromising the integrity of the testing process shall be placed on immediate suspension, and such actions will be grounds for dismissal, including dismissal of tenured employees. Such actions shall be grounds for revocation of state license. [Acts 1992, ch. 535, 4.] If necessary, contact the Office of Teacher Licensing at (615) 532-4880.

21. TCA 49-1-607 Noncompliance with security guidelines of the TCAP or successor test. Any person found to have not followed security guidelines for administration of the TCAP test, or a successor test, including making or distributing unauthorized copies of the test, altering a grade or answer sheet, providing copies of answers or test questions, or otherwise compromising the integrity of the testing process shall be placed on immediate suspension, and such actions will be grounds for dismissal, including dismissal of tenured employees. Such actions shall be grounds for revocation of state license. [Acts 1992, ch. 535, 4.] If necessary, contact the Office of Teacher Licensing at (615) 532-4880.

24. Shipping Order (online)

25. Distribution Log

26. Student Answer Sheet

27. Pages 23, 24, 25

28. Test Accommodations Page 26 BRAILLE TESTS LARGE PRINT TESTS Large Print versions are available for the TCAP Writing Assessment. Each student will be issued a regular size answer document and an enlarged Large Print answer document. WORD PROCESSOR RESPONSES Only students with an IEP goal in writing where technology is used consistently throughout the curriculum utilize this method of response.

29. Allowable Accommodations for Any Student Page 27 BRAILLE - Extended Time is allowed Sign Oral Instructions Verbatim Re-read/sign Oral Instructions Verbatim Flexible Setting Visual/Tactile Aids Auditory Aids Multiple Testing Sessions (within school day) Flexible Scheduling Student Reads Aloud to Self

30. Special Accommodations Page 27-35 Extended Time Interpreter Signs/Cues Student Reads Into Auditory Recorder/Plays Back Immediately For Comprehension Assistive Technology Scribe

31. Unique Accommodations Page 36-37 In rare cases, additional accommodations may be needed for students who are not receiving services under Special Education or Section 504 (e.g., a short-term medical problem). For these students, Unique Adaptive Accommodations Request Forms should be submitted to the State Department Special Education Division for review and approval.

32. SECTION IV: HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS Page 44 Only grade 5 Home School students take the Writing Assessment. Home School students in grades 8 and 11 do not take the Writing Assessment. Independent Home Schools are conducted by a parent-teacher who is registered with the local school system. Church Home Schools Students (K–8) will take the standardized test, if it is administered, at the church related school.

33. SECTION IV: HOMEBOUND STUDENTS Page 44 Testing of Homebound students should be addressed in each student’s educational plan. Allowable Accommodations may be used. Special Accommodations may be used if the student meets the required conditions. Special attention should be given to test security. Student must be tested during the system’s designated testing dates.

34. SECTION IV: HOMEBOUND STUDENTS Page 44 The Homebound student should be coded at his/her school of record/enrollment. The completed answer document should be placed under a Group Information Sheet for his/her teacher of record/enrollment. Affix a bar code label on both the answer document and the Group Information Sheet that reflects the student’s school of record/enrollment.

35. Post-Testing Procedures GIS – Page 48-49

36. Post-Testing Procedures SGL – Page 49-50

37. Return Procedures Pages 51-52 Guidelines for Handling RI/Breach Materials Preparing for Shipment

38. MAKE-UP TESTING Page 56 Adequate Yearly Progress Demographic Review (Test Adminstrator) to return to CO Page 57 Adequate Yearly Progress Demographic Review (Teacher) to keep at school Page 58

39. Medical Exemption Request Page 58 Report of Irregularity Pages 59-60 Inactive Test Materials Pages 61-62 Troubleshooting Page 68

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