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  1. 2015 Test Security Guidelines

  2. Agenda • Requirements in the Testing Regulations • General Test Security Guidelines • Test Security Guidelines for the Computer-based Test • Test Security Guidelines for the Paper-Pencil Tests • Social Media Breaches • Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities • Test Security Auditor Activities

  3. Requirements in the Testing Regulations

  4. Requirements in the Testing Regulations • New regulations were adopted by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on August 27, 2014. • The new regulations address: • New security agreements and affidavits • Testing windows • LEA CAASPP Coordinator roles and responsibilities • Available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site: • http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/lr/rr/documents/caasppfinalregs.doc

  5. Requirements in the Testing Regulations Test Security Agreement: (for site coordinators) • Applies for the current school year (2014–15) only • Agreement must be read and signed ANNUALLY • Applies to both paper-pencil and computer-based testing • Available at: http://www.scusd.edu/post/testing-security

  6. Requirements in the Testing Regulations Test Security Affidavit: • New form for 2015 is available • Applies for the current school year (2014-15) only • Affidavit must be read and signed ANNUALLY • Applies to both paper-pencil and computer-based testing • Must be signed by: • All test examiners, proctors, translators, scribes, LEA CAASPP coordinators and CAASPP test site coordinators, office managers, custodians and any other persons having access to any of the tests and test materials, assessment technology platform, registration system, adaptive engine, or tests • Site Coordinators keep affidavits on file • Available at: http://www.scusd.edu/post/testing-security

  7. General Test Security Guidelines

  8. General Test Security Guidelines • All secure test materials must be handled and stored securely. • For paper-pencil tests, lock in secure storage with limited access; count test booklets before and after a testing session; and train staff on the procedures. • For computer-based tests; lock any printed rosters in secure storage with limited access; train staff on procedures. • The use of unauthorized electronic devices (e.g., cell phones) in the testing session is prohibited. • Seat students so that they cannot easily view each other's work.

  9. General Test Security Guidelines • Cover or remove materials on the classroom walls that may provide information to students during testing. • Actively monitor students during testing. • Securely destroy secure test materials that do not need to be returned to the Educational Testing Service (ETS). • Report irregularities and improprieties. • Test administrators (TAs) report to the CAASPP Test Site Coordinator and/or to the LEA CAASPP Coordinator.

  10. General Test Security Guidelines • What are secure test materials? • For paper-pencil tests: • Test booklets • Answer documents (blank with Pre-ID labels and any with student responses recorded) • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) Examiner’s Manuals • Scratch paper with student’s work

  11. General Test Security Guidelines • What are secure test materials? (continued) • For computer-based tests: • Student logon information • Administrator logon information to the Test Delivery System • Rosters of students scheduled to take the test • Scratch paper with students’ work • The Smarter Balanced items • Passages, items, and stimulus cards printed on demand

  12. Print-On-Demand Test Security Guidelines • Before the TA approves the student’s request to print a test item/stimulus, the TA must ensure that the printer is on and is monitored by staff. • Immediately after printing a print-on-demand item/stimulus the file should be deleted from the Test Administrators computer. It must be deleted in such a way that the file doesn’t remain in the “recycle bin” to be undeleted.

  13. Print-On-Demand Test Security Guidelines • Printed materials from the print-on-demand accommodation and scratch paper must be kept in a securely locked room or locked cabinet that can be opened only with a key or keycard by staff responsible for test administration who have signed a CAASPP Test Security Affidavit.

  14. Print-On-Demand Test Security Guidelines • Printed test items/passages, including embossed braille printouts and scratch paper, must be collected and inventoried at the end of each test session and then immediately shredded according to LEA and/or California policies or procedures.

  15. Test Security Guidelines for Computer-based Tests

  16. Preventing Security Violations • LEA staff, school staff, and TAs play a critical role in monitoring the testing session and adhering to directions for standardized administration. • 20:1 proctoring for students • Be familiar with test security protocols outlined in the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual (TAM) • Section 3.0 • Appendix C

  17. Before and During Testing • All test items and test materials must remain secure and must be appropriately handled. • Includes creating a secure testing environment for what students can see, hear, or access • The TA is ultimately responsible for monitoring and reporting test security issues. • Inappropriate Internet access • Any other improper display, printing, photographing, duplicating, or sharing of test questions

  18. As Testing Starts and During Testing • Ensure that students have properly logged on and are taking the test for which they are scheduled. • Students must log on themselves. • Monitor students taking the test for any breach of the secure browser and that it has not allowed students to access external sites or other resources on their testing device during the assessment.

  19. Student Login for the Computer-based Tests • Student login information is considered secure material, so it must be provided to, and viewable only by, the student to whom the login information pertains. • Student login information must be returned to the CAASPP Test Site Coordinator, stored in a secure location between testing sessions, and securely destroyed immediately after testing. “(A) I will keep all assigned, generated, or created usernames, passwords and logins secure and not divulge pupil personal information to anyone other than the pupil to whom the information pertains for the purpose of logging on to the assessment delivery system.” CAASPP TEST SECURITY AFFIDAVIT “(4) I will securely destroy all print-on-demand papers, scratch paper, and other documents as prescribed within the contractor’s(s’) or consortium’s administrative manuals and documentation.” CAASPP TEST SECURITY AGREEMENT

  20. Test Security Guidelines for Computer-based Tests • Ensure there is adequate space between students so that they cannot see each other’s work. • If using a computer lab, consider using temporary dividers (e.g., folders taped to the sides of the monitors). • Test the equipment and network to be used during testing. • Report any workarounds to the secure browser to the CDE and CalTAC. • Some software (e.g., teacher-monitoring software, Apple AirPlay) may need to be disabled or monitored locally.

  21. Test Security Guidelines for the Paper-Pencil Tests

  22. Test Security Guidelines for the Paper-Pencil Tests • Receive, count, store, distribute, track, collect, count and return materials. • Return materials promptly to the LEA. • Handle the secure test materials according to the instructions. • Make sure test booklets and answer documents are distributed to the correct student. • Have secure storage with limited access. • No unauthorized electronic devices (e.g., cell phones) used in classroom during testing.

  23. Social Media Breaches • Social Media and other websites will be monitored daily for postings of secure material. • A process is in place to ensure the review and investigation of all test security incidents to determine what action will need to be taken.

  24. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities

  25. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Testing Impropriety: • Unusual circumstance that has a low impact on the testing individual or group of students • Low risk of affecting student performance, test security, or test validity • Correctable and containable at local level • Must be reported to LEA CAASPP Coordinator or test site coordinator • Example: Students talking during testing

  26. Test Security Chart—Impropriety

  27. Test Security Chart—Irregularity

  28. Test Security Chart—Breach

  29. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Testing Impropriety Report Form • Available at http://caaspp.org/administration/forms/.

  30. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Reporting Test Security Improprieties:

  31. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Testing Irregularity: • Unusual circumstance that impacts the testing individual or group of students • May affect student performance, test security, or test validity • Correctable and containable at the local level • Submitted in the online system for resolution of the Appeal for testing impact • LEA CAASPP Coordinator must report to the CDE within 24 hours • Example: Student accessing or using electronic equipment (e.g., cell phone)

  32. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Testing Irregularity Report Form • Available at http://caaspp.org/administration/forms/.

  33. Procedures for Reporting Improprieties and Irregularities Reporting Test Security Irregularities: • California regulations require that irregularities be reported to the CDE within 24 hours (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, § 859 [e]). • E-mail irregularity forms to caasppirreg@cde.ca.gov.

  34. Test Security Auditor Activities

  35. Test Security Audits • Conducted throughout the state • Separate site visits from the administration support site visits • Auditors will: • observe test security processes being used. • interview the site CAASPP coordinator or designee. • Summary reports will be provided to the CDE and will be shared with LEA CAASPP Coordinator.

  36. Help Support • CAASPPSupport@scusd.edu