It’s the law! Do the Testing Security online training – link sent via e-mail & print out certificate. Procedures for maintaining the security and confidentiality of assessments are specified in the Test Security Supplement, the District and Campus Coordinator Manual, and in the appropriate test administration materials. READ BEFORE MARCH 28th, 2014
It’s the law! Conduct that departs from the test administration procedures as established in the Test Security Supplement, the District and Campus Coordinator Manual, and test administrator manuals is considered a testing irregularity.
It’s the law! Violation of Security and Confidentiality of Assessments Conduct that constitutes a severe violation of test administration procedures (serious irregularities) may include, but is not limited to, the actions listed below. • changing or altering an examinee’s response or answer to a test item • providing, suggesting, or indicating to an examinee a response or answer to a secure test question (this includes suggesting that the examinee review or change his or her response) • aiding or assisting an examinee with a response or an answer to a test question
It’s the law! Violation of Security and Confidentiality of Assessments (continued) • duplicating secure test materials • disclosing the contents of any portion of a secure test • viewing a test before, during, or after an assessment unless specifically authorized to do so • encouraging or assisting an individual to engage in the conduct described above • failing to report to an appropriate authority that an individual engaged in any of the events listed above
It’s the law! Penalties for Violation of Security andConfidentiality of Assessments Violation of security or confidentiality of any test required by the Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 39, Subchapter B, is prohibited. A person who engages in conduct prohibited by the Test Security Supplement and in other test administration materialsmay be subject to a sanction of credentials. This includes any person who violates, assists in the violation of, or solicits another to participate in the violation of test security or confidentiality. Additionally, this includes any person who fails to report such a violation.
It’s the law! Penalties for Violation of Security andConfidentiality of Assessments Penalties for participation in a serious violation of test security or confidentiality may include the following reprimands: • placement of restrictions on the issuance, renewal, or holding of a Texas teacher certificate • issuance of an inscribed or non-inscribed reprimand • suspension of a Texas teacher certificate • revocation or cancellation of a Texas teacher certificate
It’s the law! Penalties for Violation of Security andConfidentiality of Assessments Release or disclosure of confidential test content is a Class C misdemeanor and could result in criminal prosecution under TEC §39.0303, Section 552.352 of the Texas Government Code, and section 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code. In addition, any irregularities in test security or confidentiality may result in the invalidation of student results.
It’s the law! Penalties for Violation of Security andConfidentiality of Assessments The superintendent and campus principal of each school district and chief administrative officer of each charter school and any private school administering the tests as allowed under TEC §39.033, must develop procedures to ensure the security and confidentiality of the tests specified in TEC, Chapter 39, Subchapter B.
2014 SecuritySupplement 2014 Test SecuritySupplement
2014 SecuritySupplement Contents Policy and Procedure Highlights • updates and key issues Making Your Program Secure • things to do before, during, and after an administration Testing Irregularities • understanding the difference between serious and procedural irregularities Incident Reporting • how to respond to testing irregularities • how to report testing irregularities
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Materials Security • Campus coordinators are responsible for counting and verifying that all materials as listed on the contractor’s packing list have been received. • Campus coordinators must notify the Test Materials Center (TMC) immediately if a discrepancy exists between packing lists and the actual inventory received. Secure Storage Areas • Coordinators are required to place all secure materials in limited-access locked storage when not in use.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights STAAR Test Session Time Limits • All assessments (STAAR and STAAR Modified) will have a four-hour time limit. • The time period begins after the test administrator reads directions and tells students to begin working on their tests. • You will need to indicate time on the board and remind students of time in hourly intervals
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights STAAR Test Session Time Limits • Test administrators must use a clock or timer. • Test administrators must communicate (orally or in writing) the amount of time left to test in one-hour intervals. • Students must record all responses by the end of the test session time period. • Start and stop times must be recorded on the seating chart.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights STAAR Test Session Time Limits • Multiple test sessions are allowed as long as the test session time limit is maintained. • Breaks are allowed during the administration of STAAR assessments. • Some breaks are included in the time limit and the time clock cannot be stopped (e.g., water breaks, snack breaks, bathroom breaks, short physical or mental breaks) • Some breaks are NOT included in the time limit and the time clock should be stopped and restarted when the student(s) resumes testing (e.g., lunch, emergencies, movement of students, medical breaks).
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Make-up Testing Campuses must offer make-up testing opportunities for all grades and subjects to students who are absent on regularly scheduled assessment days. Make-up testing must be completed by the end of the testing window as specified on the Calendar of Events.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Reference Materials, Scratch Paper, and Graph Paper • Students may use scratch paper. • Reference material and graph paper written on and removed from test booklets along with all scratch paper used by students must be destroyed immediately after the test session is completed.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Student Cheating • If a campus determines that a student is involved in a cheating incident, either by providing or receiving assistance, the campus is required to invalidate the student’s test. • Campuses must contact HISD Student Assessment immediately if a student electronically captures (e.g., cell phone picture) any portion of a test or an answer document. • Any disciplinary actions taken locally against a student for cheating must be reported to Student Assessment using the “O” Report. The “O” Report can be found on SharePoint.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Investigating and Reporting Testing Irregularities • Each person participating in the Texas student assessment program is responsible for reporting any suspected violation of test security or confidentiality. Campus staff should notify their campus or district testing coordinator, and district coordinators should, in turn, notify TEA. • Incidents that result in a deviation from documented testing procedures are defined as testing irregularities, falling into one of two categories – procedural or serious.
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Investigating and Reporting Testing Irregularities • Procedural Irregularities • reflect minor errors or deviations in testing procedures • do not represent severe breaches in security or confidentiality • may require supporting documentation
2014 SecuritySupplement Policy and Procedure Highlights Investigating and Reporting Testing Irregularities • Serious Irregularities • constitute severe violations of test security or confidentiality • can result in the individual(s) responsible being referred to the TEA Educator Certification and Standards Division for consideration of disciplinary action • must be investigated by the district coordinator immediately
Test Security Webpage http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/security/ • - 2014 Test Security Supplement • - Web-based Test Administrator Training Modules • - Online Incident Report • - Oaths of Test Security and Confidentiality PowerPoint Presentations from the 2012 Assessment Conference • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/tac/ • - Test Security Update • - Testing Irregularities in 3D Web-based Texas Test Administrator Online Training Modules • www.TexasAssessment.com/TAonlinetraining
2014 STAAR Test Administrator Manuals • - Grades 3–5 • - Grades 6–8 • - End-of-Course • Are online on TEA website • Also on our staff portal under staff training • Manuals delivered to schools on • March, 14th, 2014 • Will only be shipped once • NOTE: Must be retained • throughout the calendar year!
What are Accommodations for Students with Disabilities? • Changes to instructional materials, procedures, or techniques that are made on an individual basis and allow a student with a disability to participate in grade-level or course instruction and testing • Should be evaluated regularly to determine effectiveness and to help plan for accommodations the student will need each year • Are not changes to the content being assessed and should not replace the teaching of subject-specific knowledge and skills as outlined in the TEKS • Should not be provided to an entire group of students, such as those in the same class or disability category
Who has the authority for decision and documentation? • Special education services‒the ARD committee; documented in IEP • Section 504 services‒the 504 placement committee; documented in IAP • No special education or Section 504 services‒the appropriate team of people at the campus level; documentation determined at local level • Response to Intervention (RTI) team and student assistance team are examples. • This applies to a small number of students. • In the case of an ELL, the LPAC works in conjunction with the applicable group; documented in permanent record file
Recording Accommodations on the Answer Document • GA = general accommodation • BR = braille administration • LP = large print administration • OA = oral administration • XD = extra day • LA = linguistic accommodation
How do we document accommodations? • Specific information in the 2014 District and Campus Coordinator Manual • Mark GA, BR, LP, OA, XD, and/or LA in the blank bubbles for each subject. • Mark each accommodation that is documented and made available to a student, even if the student did not use the accommodation during testing.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/ Click this link to see all resources for accommodations for students with disabilities
Available Resources • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/ • Critical Information about Accommodations • Accommodation Policy documents • Accommodation Request Process documents • Link to online database • Training PowerPoints (TETNs, Supplemental Aids, Student Scenarios) • Braille, large print, and deaf/hard-of-hearing appendices • Font and point size matrices
Available Resources Website http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staarm/ Email Assessments.email@example.com
Components of the 2014 Texas Assessment Program • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) • STAAR - STAAR Modified
Answer Documents • STAAR — one combined answer document • STAAR Modified — separate answer document
Answer Documents (continued) • STAAR Score Codes • “S” – tested • “A” – absent • “O” – other (illness, testing irregularity, EOC/above grade level, etc.) • “*” – paper/online or STAAR/STAAR Modified • SSI score codes – “P,” “R,” “PW” • EOC defaults to “O” if student previously achieved Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance (score code default set to ‘3’) NOTE: For each subject area, only ONE score code should be gridded.
Answer Documents (continued) • An “*” score code is present on all STAAR and STAAR Modified answer documents that have two subject areas tested. NOTE: For each subject area, only ONE score code should be gridded.
Answer Documents (cont.) • TEST TAKEN INFO field — information about the language version (English or Spanish) must be recorded in this field. • “EN” or “SP” for grades 3, 4, and 5
Answer Documents (continued) • For each subject area tested, only ONE bubble, if applicable, should be gridded in the TEST TAKEN INFO field to show which assessment the student was administered. • Determine the language version of the assessment that the student will take (grades 3, 4, and 5 only). • Follow the same steps to grid the TEST TAKEN INFO field even if the student is absent from the test or illness/test irregularity occurs during testing.
Answer Documents (continued) Test taken info EN” or “SP” for grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR (English and Spanish)