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It’s the Law! Texas Education Code (TEC) Sec. 39.0301. SECURITY IN ADMINISTRATION OF ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS. (a) The commissioner: (1) shall establish.

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2 It’s the Law! Texas Education Code (TEC) Sec SECURITY IN ADMINISTRATION OF ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS. (a) The commissioner: (1) shall establish procedures for the administration of assessment instruments adopted or developed under Section , including procedures designed to ensure the security of the assessment instruments; and …

3 It’s the Law! Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 19. Education Chapter 101. Assessment Subchapter CC. Commissioner’s Rules Division 3. Security of Assessments, Required Test Administration Procedures and Training Activities 19 TAC § Required Test Administration Procedures and Training Activities to Ensure Validity, Reliability, and Security of Assessments.

4 It’s the Law! 19 TAC § (a)Purpose. To ensure that each assessment instrument is reliable and valid and meets applicable federal requirements for measurement of student progress, the commissioner of education shall establish test administration procedures and required training activities that support the standardization and security of the test administration process. (b)Test administration procedures. These test administration procedures shall be delineated in the test administration materials provided to school districts and charter schools annually. Districts and charter schools must comply with all of the applicable requirements specified in the test administration materials…

5 It’s the Law! 19 TAC § (b) Test administration procedures. Test administration materials shall include, but are not limited to, the following: (1)general testing program information; (2)requirements for ensuring test security and confidentiality described in the 2014 Test Security Supplement provided in this subsection; Figure: 19 TAC § (b)(2)Figure: 19 TAC § (b)(2) (3)procedures for test administration; (4)responsibilities of personnel involved in test administration; and (5)procedures for materials control.

6 Procedures for maintaining the security and confidentiality of assessments are specified in the following guides: –Test Security Supplement –District and Campus Coordinator Manual –Test administrator manuals Conduct that departs from the test administration procedures as established in these resources is considered a testing irregularity.

7 Testing Irregularities Procedural Irregularities -reflect minor errors or deviations in testing procedures -do not represent severe breaches in security or confidentiality -do not require a call to TEA unless guidance is needed by the district -do not require supporting documentation

8 Testing Irregularities Serious Irregularities -constitute severe violations of test security or confidentiality -must be investigated by the district coordinator immediately -require a district to call or TEA immediately to inform test security of the incident -can result in the individual(s) responsible being referred to the TEA Educator Certification and Standards Division for consideration of disciplinary action

9 Testing Irregularities Serious Irregularities Conduct that constitutes a serious testing irregularity may include, but is not limited to, the following: -changing or altering an examinee’s response or answer to a secure test item; -providing, suggesting, or indicating a test question response; -aiding or assisting an examinee with a response or an answer to a secure test question; -identifying incorrect responses for students;

10 Testing Irregularities Serious Irregularities -solving questions in the test or scoring a student’s test; -duplicating secure test materials; -viewing a test before, during, or after an assessment unless specifically authorized to do so; -disclosing the contents of any portion of a secure test;

11 Testing Irregularities Serious Irregularities -failing to report to an appropriate authority that an individual engaged in any of the events listed above; -fraudulently exempting or preventing a student from the administration of a required state assessment; or -encouraging or assisting an individual to engage in the conduct described above.

12 Penalties for Violation of Security and Confidentiality of Assessments A person who engages in conduct prohibited by the Test Security Supplement and in other test administration materials may be subject to the following penalties: –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 for a set term; or –revocation or cancellation of a Texas teacher certificate.

13 Penalties for Violation of Security and Confidentiality of Assessments Release or disclosure of confidential test content is a Class C misdemeanor and could result in criminal prosecution under TEC § , Section of the Texas Government Code, and section of the Texas Penal Code. In addition, any irregularities in test security or confidentiality may result in the invalidation of student results.

14 Highlights from the 2015 Test Security Supplement STAAR A –Train test administrators who are administering STAAR A on paper to use the non-secure front matter of the STAAR A test administrator manual posted on the STAAR A Resources webpage. –Do NOT use secure paper test booklets to train test administrators. –Reinforce that, unless authorized, no one may view secure testing material before, during, or after the administration. –Maintain time limits for administration. –Supply students with headphones, as needed.

15 Highlights from the 2015 Test Security Supplement STAAR Alternate 2 –Test administrators must be trained on test security for STAAR Alternate 2 prior to accessing secure test material. –Campus coordinators should refer to the District and Campus Coordinator Manual and the Non-secure Front Matter in the STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manual.

16 Highlights from the 2015 Test Security Supplement STAAR Alternate 2 –Test administrators are responsible for maintaining the security of STAAR Alternate 2 test administrator materials during the preview period. –Use the Materials Preview Control Form. –Check-out materials only when in use.

17 Highlights from the 2015 Test Security Supplement TELPAS Test administrators must independently complete TELPAS calibration activities. –answer sheets or notes that contain responses to TELPAS calibration activities are not allowed to be shared –notes created by raters during practice and calibration activities must be destroyed

18 Reporting Testing Irregularities

19 2013–2014 Incident Reports ( approximate numbers) 2013–2014 Incident Reports ( approximate numbers) Serious 210 Procedural 5177 Total 5387 Serious 210 Procedural 5177 Total 5387

20 Testing Irregularities The types of serious testing irregularities reported in 2014 include –assistance, –unauthorized viewing or recording of test content, –discussing secure test content, –scoring/working students’ tests, –tampering, and –falsifying TELPAS/STAAR Alternate data.

21 Accessing the Online Incident Report Form

22 Online Incident Report - Determine if the reported incident is procedural or serious. – The serious irregularity incident report form has an area for required documentation to be uploaded. – The procedural irregularity incident report form does not have an area for uploading documentation.

23 Online Incident Report Description of Events For both procedural and serious irregularities, describe the incident and the findings from your investigation in the Online Incident Report form.

24 Online Incident Report Include in the description of events: a) what happened and how it occurred, b) the sequence of events, c) information about how the problem was solved or remedied, and d) a district determination of events regarding the incident.

25 Online Incident Report Plan of Action Reports of both procedural and serious testing irregularities must include a Plan of Action that describes the steps a district will take to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.

26 Reporting Testing Irregularities Plan of Action The Plan of Action should –specifically address the irregularity type; –list the individual steps involved in the plan; –contain a timeline describing how and when the plan will be implemented; –describe how the district will collect feedback regarding the effectiveness of the plan; and –provide specific corrective actions for the district, campus, or individual(s) involved.

27 Reporting Testing Irregularities Plan of Action Example provided by a district that was part of the fall 2014 audit. In order to prevent a reoccurrence of a test administrator viewing a test without authorization and recording test content, the district will a)place two test administrators in every testing area, b)increase monitors to one per hallway, and c)emphasize the disallowance for any staff member to view and/or record secure test content and the potential penalties for doing so in annual districtwide spring security training for all staff.

28 Reporting Testing Irregularities Plan of Action Example (cont.) Annual security training will include role playing activities and a survey at the end of training that contains questions to check for understanding. The district will review all reported testing irregularities from spring 2015 testing and will evaluate whether the additions to the training made an impact in reducing the occurrence of this irregularity. The test administrator involved in this incident will not be permitted to administer tests in the future without direct supervision. This example may not be appropriate for all districts.

29 Reminders Reporting of Serious Testing Irregularities –Investigate and report serious testing irregularities immediately to TEA either by phone or by –Conduct a speedy investigation –Submit an Online Incident Report and submission of any other required information to TEA within 10 working days

30 Reminders Tips to Avoid the Most Common Testing Irregularities –Ensure that test administrators have accurate testing rosters that include updated information about accommodations –Create accurate seating charts –Announce the time left to test in one hour intervals –Verify that students have recorded their responses on the answer document or in the online form –Ensure that principals, campus coordinators, and other staff are available to support test administrators and to monitor testing –Account for all test materials immediately upon materials check-in


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