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  1. Test Administrators Last updated: 08/20/09

  2. Test Administrators Purpose:To ensure consistent statewide test administration and valid test results. Test Administration Resources: • 2009–2010 Test Administration Manual Promising Testing Practices http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2444 Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  3. Test Administrators What’s new OAKS Online • Single central login for OAKS Portal • OAKS Test Administrator Interface easier to use • ELPA will be integrated into OAKS Online • Districts and schools will be able to restrict access to OAKS online for students by content area • Piloting a Spanish Reading Assessment for 3rd grade Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  4. Test Administrators What’s new (cont) OAKS Online (cont) • Adding Online Writing as an option for all H.S. students. Piloting for students in 7th grade • An educator (human) will score each paper. Autoscore score will be implemented as well. • Focus groups regarding Text to Speech for Math and Science • Focus groups regarding enhancing the OAKS Online Reports Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  5. Test Administrators What’s new (cont.) OAKS in general • Implementation of Math core content standards. (Science maybe implemented after an item review is completed in the Fall.) • Field testing items for new math standards. • Achievement Standards will be set in Fall 2010, adopted by the Board in December of 2010. Tests administered in October, November and December of 2010 will be scored against the December 2010 achievement standards (even if the new achievement standard is higher than the achievement standard at the time the test was administered). Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  6. Test Administrators Required Testing Environment • Trained test administrator • Quiet environment void of distractions • Only allowable resources made available to students upon request • Limited interaction with students • Read student directions • Administer accommodations appropriately • No coaching Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  7. Test Administrators Dos and Don’ts Dos • TAs must read the 2009-10 Test Administration Manual, receive annual test administration and security training, and sign an Assurance of Test Security form before administering state tests. • TAs may only provide upon request students with allowable resources listed by content area in the 2009-10 Test Administration Manual. • TAs may only provide the version of allowable resources provided by ODE. These are posted online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2346 • TAs must read verbatim the student directions provided by content area in the 2009-10 Test Administration Manual. • TAs must sign the Test Security form in order to administer tests. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  8. Test Administrators Dos and Don’ts (cont) Don’ts • TAs may not allow untrained aides, volunteers, or substitutes to assist with test administration. • TAs may not coach students (including requiring students to show their work). • Students may not access non-allowable resources such as textbooks or class notes • Students must not talk to or help other students during testing. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  9. Test Administrators Promising Practices • TA reviews the Test Administration Manual before testing, focusing on test security and content-specific allowable resources and accommodations. • TA spaces students appropriately or provides visual barriers to prevent students from seeing others’ tests. • TA reads student directions verbatim and circulates through test environment to ensure proper testing conditions. • TA makes available but does not require students to use allowable resources. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  10. Test Administrators In a Nutshell • TAs must receive training each year • TAs enforce valid test environment for students • When in doubt about a particular testing practice: • Check the Manual • Check your training notes • Ask your School Test Coordinator • If all else fails, assume the answer is “no” Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  11. Test Security Last updated: 08/20/09

  12. Test Security Definition and Purpose • Purpose: To protect the integrity and confidentiality of secure test items, prompts, and passages. The security of these materials is necessary so that they can be used in later years to measure trends in performance. In addition, test security helps to ensure test results can be used in accountability reporting • Definition: A test impropriety is any instance where a test is not administered in a manner consistent with the Test Administration Manual or OAR 581-022-0610 Administration of State Tests Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  13. Test Security Secure Testing Environment • A quiet environment, void of distractions and supervised by a trained test administrator • Visual barriers or adequate spacing between students • Student access to only allowable resources • All paper test materials collected and accounted for after each testing event • Student data is treated as confidential Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  14. Test Security Potential Consequences • Test opportunities may be invalidated in cases where test validity was compromised. Students will not receive additional opportunities based on adult errors. • If the district determines that the testing impropriety qualifies as gross neglect of duty, then the district must report it to TSPC within 30 days. Personnel may then be subject to disciplinary action as determined by TSPC. • Districts may also evaluate cases according to their own Human Resource policies. • Private schools and programs may have their access to state tests revoked Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  15. Test Security Dos and Don’ts Dos • TAs must ensure that students use the correct SSID and take the correct test. • TAs must securely shred test materials such as reading passages, scratch paper, or other paper hand-outs written on by students after each testing event • Test materials must be securely stored at all times • Test improprieties must be reported to ODE within 1 day of learning of them and the investigation must be completed within 30 days. • If a DTC can not investigate an impropriety, the district must assign someone else to the task Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  16. Test Security Dos and Don’ts (cont) Don’ts • TAs must not review or analyze secure test items • Students must not access non-allowable resources such as cell phones, iPods, or e-mail • Students must not remove test materials from the test environment • TAs must not copy or retain any test materials, including secure test booklets, writing prompts, or reading passages • DTCs, STCs, and TAs must not share their UMS log-in information with anyone (even other authorized UMS users) Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  17. Test Security Promising Practices • Using colorful materials to identify which students have printed reading passages remaining at their stations • When setting up the test environment, the TA should ensure that the TA’s computer is set to print in the computer lab where the students are testing. • The TA uses the class roster to mark which students received printed reading passages and then matches the class roster to the printed reading passages collected at the end of the testing event to account for all printed reading passages Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  18. Test Security In a Nutshell • Test materials must be inventoried and securely stored both before and after each testing event. • Only authorized staff who have signed an Assurance of Test Security Form may have access to secure test materials. • Scratch paper and all other printed materials written on by students during testing must be collected and securely shredded at the end of each testing event. • DTCs must report all test improprieties to ODE within 1 day of learning of them. Report form is available at: Free Template from www.brainybetty.com www.ode.state.or.us/go/testsecurity