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1 Fall 2009 NECAP Test Administrator Workshop

2 Measured Progress Contact Information For questions regarding the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) or procedures for administering the NECAP tests, contact the Measured Progress NECAP Service Center at , Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. If you need to order additional NECAP test materials, see the test coordinator at your school. NOTE: Additional copies of the Test Administrator Manuals may be downloaded from your department of educations Web site or photocopied as needed.

3 Department of Education Contact Information For questions or suggestions regarding NECAP policy, please contact: Tim Kurtz, Director of Assessment New Hampshire Department of Education 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH Dr. Kevon Tucker-Seeley, Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Accountability Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI Michael Hock, Director of Assessment Vermont Department of Education 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT Susan Smith, MEA/NECAP Coordinator Maine Department of Education 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME

4 Secure test materials remain secure at all times. Standardized testing procedures are consistent across all schools. Accommodations are provided appropriately for students who need them. Test administrators are prepared to carry out all of their responsibilities. Students and staff are prepared for a positive and productive assessment experience. The Test Administrator Manual is read carefully in preparation for testing. The purpose of this presentation is to review key procedures/ information with experienced testing coordinators to ensure that

5 Fall NECAP Important Dates September 21, 2009All NECAP Test materials and Student ID Labels delivered to schools by this date October 1-22, 2009Test Administration Window October 2, 2009Last day to order additional Student ID Labels October 9, 2009All additional Student ID Labels shipped to schools October 22, 2009Last day for NH and RI schools to request special considerations October 23, 2009Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island UPS pickup for all test materials (materials need to be ready at 8 A.M.) October 26, 2009Vermont (due to official school closings on October 22 and 23) UPS pickup for all test materials (materials need to be ready at 8 A.M.)

6 Checklist for Test Administrators is on page iii of Test Administrator Manual. Maine joins NECAP Revised Table of Standard Test Accommodations Grade 5 & 8 Writing Pilot Test Administrator Questionnaire will be online Test Coordinator and Test Administrator Training CDs shipped to schools Returning hazardous materials policy New to NECAP this Year

7 Meeting with the test coordinator to review the testing schedule, to discuss arrangements for students who require accommodations, and to review the testing procedures in the Test Administrator Manual Checking that student ID labels have been affixed in the spaces provided on the front covers of the test booklets and answer booklets For students without student ID labels, checking that the student name, school name, and district name are written on the lines provided on the front covers of the test booklet and answer booklet Ensuring a standardized testing environment Maintaining the security of your test materials between sessions Test Administrators Responsibilities

8 Ensuring that students use only the test materials assigned to them Testing the group of students assigned to you according to the instructions in the Test Administrator Manual Providing accommodations as determined by the students educational team prior to testing Ensuring that an answer booklet has been completed for every student assigned to you Ensuring that no additional pages have been inserted, taped, stapled, pasted, or otherwise attached to the answer booklets Ensuring that all assessment materials are returned to your test coordinator when testing is completed Test Administrators Responsibilities

9 All test booklets and answer booklets are secure and must not be released, copied, or duplicated before or during testing or retained in the school in any way after testing is completed All test administrators must carefully follow the instructions in the Test Administrator Manual for administering the test and handling test materials Any loss of test materials should be reported immediately to your test coordinator Test Security (Before, During, and After Testing)

10 Using secure test material to prepare students in any way for this test administration is a violation of test security and testing procedure. All test items and responses to those items in the New England Common Assessment Program are secure and may not be copied or duplicated in any way, or retained in the school after testing is completed. Test Security (Before, During, and After Testing)

11 Students who completed the alternate assessment for the school year Students who are new to the U.S. after October 1, 2008 and are LEP and take the ACCESS test for English language proficiency are not required to take the NECAP reading and writing tests. However, these students must take the NECAP mathematics test. Students who have state-approved considerations which include medical reasons, personal crisis, family emergency, and court order. Each state has a process for documenting and granting special consideration status. All students enrolled in the school as of October 1, 2009 with the following exceptions: Who Should Be Tested?

12 New Accommodation Codes: T for Timing (T1 through T4) S for Setting (S1 and S2) P for Presentation formats (P1 through P11) R for Response formats (R1 through R7) O for Other (O1 and O2) M for Modifications (M1, M2, and M3) Obtain crosswalks to original NECAP or MEA accommodations from DOE Web sites New NECAP Accommodations Guide revised in 2009 – available on DOE Web sites NECAP Table of Standard Test Accommodations was revised in 2009

13 Accommodations are available to all students on the basis of individual need regardless of disability status. Decisions regarding accommodations must be made by the students educational team on an individual basis. Accommodations must be consistent with those used during the students regular classroom instruction, including test taking. Determining How Students Will Participate Using Accommodations

14 If you have any further questions regarding the use of standard test accommodations or approval for other test accommodations and/or modifications, please see the test coordinator for your school. Contact state for permission in advance of testing procedures If state review determines that your request for an other accommodation will change what the test measures, the state will respond in writing that use of this procedure will produce a test modification and must therefore be coded as a Modification (M) Use of a Modification (M) will result in no credit given for student work during test sessions in which this modification was used. Use of an Other (O) accommodation without obtaining prior state approval will also result in no credit given for test sessions in which it was used. Requests for the Use of Other Accommodations

15 Grades 3 through 8 Reading and Mathematics – 3 sessions each Writing – 2 sessions (grades 5 & 8 only) Student Questionnaire Grade 11 Writing, Reading, and Mathematics – 2 sessions each Student Questionnaire Test Sessions

16 Grades 3 through 8 - All test sessions are designed to be completed in approximately 45 minutes. Grade 11 - All test sessions are designed to be completed in approximately 60 minutes. All students are allowed additional time Grades 3 through 8 students are allowed an additional 45 minutes Grade 11 students are allowed an additional 30 minutes Therefore, all content area test sessions should be scheduled for 90 minutes. If all students finish before the 90-minute window has ended, testing may be concluded for that session, but only after the minimum session length of 45 minutes has been provided. Timing

17 Students who will need beyond 90 minutes must have an extended time accommodation (T1) determined prior to testing. All testing, including accommodations and make-up testing, must be completed during the testing window. Make-up testing may begin as soon as a student returns to or enters a school. Except for make-up sessions, the test sessions must be taken in the order presented in the test booklet. The Student Questionnaire is designed to be completed in 20 minutes. See your Test Administrator Manual for a detailed Testing Session and Timing chart for each grade.

18 Inventory all test materials provided to you by your test coordinator for the group of students you will be testing. If you find you do not have enough test materials for the students you will be testing or you notice any discrepancies, see your test coordinator. Inventory Test Materials

19 Do not separate the answer booklets from the test booklets as they are paired by test form. For students with student ID labels, ensure that a label has been affixed to the front cover of the answer booklet and corresponding test booklet in the space provided. Preparing Answer Booklets for Testing

20 For students enrolled in your school without student ID labels, ensure that the student name, school name, and district name has been written on the lines provided in the lower right corner of the front cover of the answer booklet. Also, write the student name and school name on the cover of the test booklet. If your test coordinator ordered additional labels, affix them in the appropriate spaces on each students booklets when they arrive. If no student ID label is anticipated, you must bubble the student information on the answer booklet. All students, with or without student ID labels, should write their name on the line provided in the upper left corner of the front cover of the answer booklet. Braille booklets, large-print booklets, and writing test booklets do not require a student ID label. Preparing Answer Booklets for Testing

21 The test coordinator and the test administrator are responsible for providing an appropriate testing environment for the assessment. Students may use only the materials permitted for the assessment. Allowable materials are listed in the Test Administrator Manual at the beginning of the instructions for each test session. Testing Environment

22 The items on the mathematics test are designed so that calculators are not required to solve any of the problems. The fundamental decision about whether or not to use calculators is made at the local school level. If your school has decided to allow their use, calculators are permitted only during Sessions 2 and 3 of the grade 3 through 8 mathematics test and Session 2 of the grade 11 mathematics test. Calculators are not permitted on Session 1 of the mathematics test. If your school does not have enough calculators for all students, students may use their own. Students may not share calculators during testing. Calculators

23 A four-function calculator is sufficient; however, students may use a scientific or graphing calculator. The following devices and/or calculators with the following features are prohibited: pocket organizers handheld or laptop computers electronic writing pads or pen-input devices cellular phones or other wireless communication devices calculators with a QWERTY keyboard If you have a question regarding a particular calculator, please see your test coordinator. Calculators

24 During Session 2 and Session 3 of the mathematics test at grades 3 through 8, schools may decide to provide students with the NECAP Multiplication Table or NECAP Hundreds Chart, instead of or in addition to a calculator. Schools must use the official NECAP version provided on each states department of education Web site. Dictionaries of any type and/or thesauruses are not allowed during any session of the assessment, except for word-to-word translation dictionaries allowed as an accommodation for students who are English language learners. Ancillary Materials

25 Your students should be supported and encouraged to do their best during the testing period. It is important to ensure that no students are either advantaged or disadvantaged by their testing environment. Reference materials, including those on the classroom walls, should not be used by students. All reference materials (printed or attached) on student desks should be removed or covered. Any displayed materials in the classroom that interfere with proper test administration are not permitted. Preparing Students and the Test Site

26 identify a secure location for storing test materials between test sessions notify students in advance of testing and request that they bring two #2 pencils to every test session obtain scratch paper and extra #2 pencils ensure that calculators are available in accordance with your schools decision regarding calculator use on the test ensure that NECAP Multiplication Tables and NECAP Hundreds Charts are available in accordance with your schools decision to use them To prepare your students and the test site for the assessment, you should

27 ensure that there are not any displayed materials in the classroom or on student desks that would interfere with proper test administration encourage students to bring something to read if they finish a test session early discuss plans for the use and implementation of accommodations for the students you will be testing To prepare your students and the test site for the assessment, you should

28 check test materials to be sure you have enough for the students you will be testing check test materials to identify any defective materials contact test coordinator for any required additional materials review the session scripts that you will read to students during testing acquire a test booklet and answer booklet to use as an aid while you read the directions confirm that you have all of the necessary supplies for the test session post a Testing - Please do not disturb sign on the classroom door instruct students to clear their desks of books and other materials not needed for the assessment Just prior to testing, test administrators should

29 Keep test materials in a secure locked storage area except during testing sessions. Utilize the Optional School Test Material Tracking Form if your school has chosen to do so. Obtain all prepared test materials from test coordinator shortly before the start of the first testing session. Obtain an additional set of test materials from your test coordinator to use while giving instructions. Distributing Test Materials

30 Scripts (text read aloud to students by the test administrator) are provided for each session to ensure a consistent and accurate test administration. Be sure that students clearly understand all of the directions before you begin testing. During each part of the test, walk around the room and check that students are working in the correct session, turning the pages when necessary, marking answers in the proper places, and are not spending too much time on any one item. Test Administration and Monitoring

31 Test administrators may not comment on students work or help them in any way, except during the general instructions, Student Questionnaire, or as specified in the Test Administrator Manual. Under no circumstances are students to be prompted to revise, edit, or complete any test questions during or after testing. Using the current years test materials to familiarize students with test items is a violation of test security and testing procedures. All test items and all student responses in the NECAP are secure and may not be released, copied, or duplicated in any way, or kept at the school once testing is completed. Important Reminders

32 Special materials include Braille tests, large-print tests, and any materials that will require special handling by Measured Progress. Braille and Large-Print Tests Every Braille and large-print version of the test comes with a regular size test booklet and answer booklet. A test administrator or authorized school personnel must transcribe the students work into the accompanying regular answer booklet. Any student work that is not recorded in the regular answer booklet will not be scored. Preparing Special Materials for Return

33 Materials that require special handling are defined as any answer booklets that are non-standard. A detailed note explaining why the booklet needs special handling must accompany every booklet. Examples of non-standard booklets include, but are not limited to: torn booklets booklets that are damaged or got wet during testing any booklet with computer-generated responses accompanying it Special Handling

34 Booklets that do not require special handling include: voided booklets unused booklets booklets for students who withdrew from or enrolled in the school after October 1, 2009 booklets where standard test accommodations were used Special Handling

35 Please note: Computer-generated responses must be separated from the answer booklet and transcribed into the correct space in the student answer booklet. Anything that has been glued, stapled, taped, or attached to the answer booklet in any other way will not be scored. After transcribing, please return the computer-generated responses along with the answer booklet.

36 After testing is finished, test administrators or authorized school personnel must verify that all of the required student information has been provided in every answer booklet for each student enrolled, whether or not the student has a student ID label. See Appendix B of the Test Administrator Manual for instructions on completing student information on the front cover and page 2 of all answer booklets being returned for your students. Completing Student Information on Answer Booklets

37 Follow the steps below when preparing your test materials for delivery to your schools test coordinator: 1.Collect and review all of the test materials that were assigned to you. 2.Confirm that student ID labels have been correctly placed on the test booklets and answer booklets. 3.For each student without a label, confirm that the front cover of the answer booklet has been completed accurately and appropriately. Preparing Test Materials for Delivery to Test Coordinator

38 4.For all students, whether or not they have a student ID label affixed to the answer booklet, please ensure that they have written their name on the line in the upper left corner of the front cover of their answer booklet. 5.Confirm that all accommodations have been correctly marked on page 2 of the answer booklet for every student who used an accommodation(s) during testing. 6.Be sure that you are submitting an answer booklet for every student assigned to you. 7.Remove all scratch paper from the answer booklets. 8.Verify that no extra pages or materials have been inserted, stapled, taped, pasted, or otherwise attached to the answer booklets. Preparing Test Materials for Delivery to Test Coordinator

39 9.Confirm that students did not use ball-point pen, felt-tip pen, crayon, highlighter, or colored pencils to mark their answers in the answer booklets. 10.Ensure that the answer booklets are in good condition and are free of eraser bits, and that erasures have been made completely. 11.Sort any materials needing special handling. Attach an explanatory note to each booklet. 12.Ensure that all computer-generated responses and any used large-print and Braille tests have been transcribed into a regular answer booklet. 13.Return all test materials to your test coordinator. Preparing Test Materials for Delivery to Test Coordinator

40 Please Note: The following items DO NOT need to be returned: mathematics reference sheets rulers and protractors NECAP Multiplication Tables and NECAP Hundreds Charts Student Questionnaires (students answered in their answer booklet) Test Administrator Manuals


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