MCAS TEST ADMINISTRATION. Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative Presented by Polly Parker, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. Responsibilities of Test Administrators. Security of Test Materials
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Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative
Presented by Polly Parker,
Director of Curriculum and Professional Development
You must never leave materials unsecured.
You must never leave the students alone while testing or with the testing materials.
You must return all testing items, including the local generated rosters.
Call me with emergency questions.
(413) 735-2236 and ask for Polly Parker.
Have Joanne Cangro page me.
Providing Test Accommodations
You may not provide test accommodations to students that are not listed on the students’ IEPs.
Make sure you know which accommodations a student will use.
Make sure you designate which accommodations a student has used on the back of the answer booklets.
Students can refuse accommodations, but they cannot access accommodations that are NOT listed on the IEPs.
Test Subject and Date:_____________________________________________________
Accommodations as listed on IEP:____________________________________________
Accommodations NOT used by student:_______________________________________
Students with Accommodations
MCAS Non-Disclosure Agreement
In order to preserve and ensure the security, validity, and integrity of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) has always required individuals who participate in the development, review, and production of MCAS tests to accept the terms of a non-disclosure agreement. This includes Assessment Development Committee members and Department employees. New for 2012, the Department requires that all individuals authorized by their principals to administer MCAS tests to students with disabilities who require any of the test administration accommodations listed below accept the terms of this non-disclosure agreement. Principals are required to keep the signed agreements on file at the school.
This non-disclosure agreement should be used only with test administrators who are administering MCAS tests to students with disabilities using accommodations 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 27, and 29. This form should be distributed and signed by test administrators prior to their viewing secure test materials. Since no other individuals in schools are authorized to view secure MCAS test booklets, a non-disclosure agreement is not required for any other staff.
With the exception of test questions released by the Department for informational purposes, all MCAS test questions are deemed secure instruments. The materials are specifically excluded from the Massachusetts Public Records Law. (G. L. c. 4, § 7(26) (l)) Therefore, I agree not to reproduce, discuss, or in any way release or distribute test questions and associated materials to unauthorized persons (i.e., persons not specifically authorized by the Department to have access to secure MCAS materials and information).
Details about MCAS test construction, including the positions of questions in test forms, must be kept secure. Consequently, I agree not to share MCAS test blueprints, test booklet formats, or any information related to MCAS test blueprints with unauthorized persons.
I further agree to refrain from using any advance knowledge of questions to prepare students for testing or provide them with any information that might give them an advantage in answering questions.
By signing below as a test administrator for students with disabilities who require one of the accommodations listed above, I acknowledge and accept that I am bound by the terms of this agreement prohibiting the disclosure of information regarding secure materials. I also acknowledge and accept that my failure to abide by any term of this non-disclosure agreement will result in serious consequences, including but not limited to action to limit or revoke my Massachusetts educator license.
Test to be Administered (include subject & grade):________________________________________
Return the form to your principal, who will keep this agreement in the school files for three years. Do not submit this agreement to the Department or the testing contractor.
APPENDIX E —Sample Administration Forms and Test Materials