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1 Writing Assessment 2008. 2 The Scope of the Law T.C.A. 49-1-607 states: Any person found not to have followed security guidelines… placed on immediate.

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1 1 Writing Assessment 2008

2 2 The Scope of the Law T.C.A states: Any person found not to have followed security guidelines… placed on immediate suspension placed on immediate suspension grounds for dismissal grounds for dismissal includes dismissal of tenured employees includes dismissal of tenured employees grounds for revocation of state license grounds for revocation of state license

3 3 The Scope of the Law Standard copyright laws must be maintained at all times. Standard copyright laws must be maintained at all times. Secure assessment materials may not be reproduced or distributed in any way, for any reason, by any person. Secure assessment materials may not be reproduced or distributed in any way, for any reason, by any person. Secure assessment materials may not be paraphrased for use directly Secure assessment materials may not be paraphrased for use directly in instructional activities, study guides, or classroom resources.

4 4 The Scope of the Law Secure assessment materials include pilot and field test materials. Secure assessment materials include pilot and field test materials. Secure assessment materials should not be read, reviewed, or analyzed before, during, or after test administration unless indicated in test instructions or special accommodations. Secure assessment materials should not be read, reviewed, or analyzed before, during, or after test administration unless indicated in test instructions or special accommodations. Discussion of test content or specific test items with students, parents, or professional Discussion of test content or specific test items with students, parents, or professional colleagues is prohibited to protect the validity of the test.

5 5 State Test Security Guidelines Adopt a locally monitored test security policy. Adopt a locally monitored test security policy. This policy should include a Testing Code of Ethics for personnel to sign and leave at district office for documentation. This policy should include a Testing Code of Ethics for personnel to sign and leave at district office for documentation. This policy must incorporate, This policy must incorporate, at a minimum, the following State Test Security Guidelines. Public School Systems, State Special Schools, and Non-Public Schools MUST:

6 6 State Test Security Guidelines Train all personnel involved in the testing process and retain training documentation for system records. Train all personnel involved in the testing process and retain training documentation for system records. Keep all test materials secure by implementing check-in, check-out and quantity verification procedures for all test materials at the system level, at the school level, and for each test session. Keep all test materials secure by implementing check-in, check-out and quantity verification procedures for all test materials at the system level, at the school level, and for each test session. Restrict handling of test materials to Restrict handling of test materials to authorized personnel at all times. Public School Systems, State Special Schools, and Non-Public Schools MUST:

7 7 State Test Security Guidelines Secure all test materials before and after the test administration. Secure all test materials before and after the test administration. Store test materials in a locked room that is inaccessible to unauthorized persons. Store test materials in a locked room that is inaccessible to unauthorized persons. Complete all paper and online Complete all paper and online inventory verifications. Ensure a secure environment for Ensure a secure environment fortesting. Public School Systems, State Special Schools, and Non-Public Schools MUST:

8 8 Secure Testing Environment Train test administrators so that they follow all test specific directions and time limits. Train test administrators so that they follow all test specific directions and time limits. Train test administrators to ensure that all students receive the correct test materials and that all students receive the appropriate accommodations. Train test administrators to ensure that all students receive the correct test materials and that all students receive the appropriate accommodations. Train test administrators to ensure Train test administrators to ensure appropriate monitoring that does not include coaching or illegal not include coaching or illegal assistance. assistance. Public School Systems, State Special Schools, and Non-Public Schools MUST:

9 9 Secure Testing Environment Maps Maps Charts Charts Posters Posters Student Work Student Work Bulletin Board Items Bulletin Board Items Writing Formulas Writing Formulas Word Lists Word Lists Parts of Speech Parts of Speech Graphic Organizers Graphic Organizers Number Lines Number Lines Definitions Definitions Word Walls Word Walls Displays Displays Models Models Any information regarding the content being measured on the test must be concealed during the test administration. Including but not limited to the following:

10 10 State Test Security Guidelines Maintain confidentiality of student specific accountability demographic information and test results at all times. Maintain confidentiality of student specific accountability demographic information and test results at all times. Investigate, document, and Investigate, document, and report any test security concerns. Public School Systems, State Special Schools, and Non-Public Schools MUST:

11 11 Breach of Test Security Procedures All Test Administration Manuals contain a flowchart provided for guidance in handling potential breach of testing security concerns.

12 12 Breach of Testing Security Report

13 13 Test Dates February 6, 2008 (Wednesday) February 6, 2008 (Wednesday) Make-up test: February 7, 2008 Make-up test: February 7, 2008

14 14 Participation Who participates in the Writing Assessment? Who participates in the Writing Assessment? All students in grades 5, 8 and 11 All students in grades 5, 8 and 11 Home School students in grade 5 Home School students in grade 5 The following students do not participate: The following students do not participate: Portfolio tested students Portfolio tested students ELL students in first year of ELL students in first year of attendance in an American school

15 15 Time Limit 35 minutes Students in all three grade levels will have a time limit of 35 minutes.

16 16 Important Addition All students (grades 5, 8, 11) will answer ten survey questions. All students (grades 5, 8, 11) will answer ten survey questions. Directions for survey questions located in Test Administration Manual. Directions for survey questions located in Test Administration Manual. Teacher reads aloud each question. Teacher reads aloud each question. Students record responses on page 2 of the answer document. Students record responses on page 2 of the answer document.

17 17 Answer Document The 2008 Writing Assessment answer document is blue. The 2008 Writing Assessment answer document is blue. Carefully follow the coding instructions for student demographic information located in Test Administration Manual. Carefully follow the coding instructions for student demographic information located in Test Administration Manual.

18 18 Coding Tips Write System and School Name completely (no abbreviations). Write System and School Name completely (no abbreviations). Note changes in ESL Services box. Note changes in ESL Services box. Record in Special Education box hours per week a student receives services. Record in Special Education box hours per week a student receives services. Be sure to code Special Accommodations accurately. Be sure to code Special Accommodations accurately.

19 19 State Use Only Box Code Homebound Students: B1 Code Homebound Students: B1 Code students who have exited from Special Education Services and no longer have an IEP: Code students who have exited from Special Education Services and no longer have an IEP: First year after exiting: A4 First year after exiting: A4 Second year after exiting: B4 Second year after exiting: B4

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21 21 Absentee Status Box Darken absent circle Darken absent circle only if student is absent on both days. Students who refuse to Students who refuse to test should not be coded as absent. No response on pages 3 and 4 of the No response on pages 3 and 4 of the answer document will receive answer document will receive a score of zero unless absent a score of zero unless absent bubble is coded. bubble is coded.

22 22 Unique Group Information Sheet

23 23 School/Group List May be reproduced. May be reproduced. Information should match exactly what is written and coded on each Group Information Sheet. Information should match exactly what is written and coded on each Group Information Sheet. List all Test Administrators within each school. List all Test Administrators within each school. Return on top of materials Return on top of materials in each school box. in each school box.

24 24 Return of Materials System Testing Coordinator returns test materials for processing and scoring to: System Testing Coordinator returns test materials for processing and scoring to: Measurement Incorporated Measurement Incorporated 423 Morris Street 423 Morris Street Durham, NC Durham, NC Attn: TCAP Writing Processing Attn: TCAP Writing Processing

25 25 Breach Envelope What is placed in a Breach Envelope? Signed Adequate Yearly Progress Demographic Review Form for your system Signed Adequate Yearly Progress Demographic Review Form for your system Any Medical Exemption Request Forms signed with attached documentation (after entered online as a Report of Irregularity) Any Medical Exemption Request Forms signed with attached documentation (after entered online as a Report of Irregularity) Any Breach of Testing Security Reports Any Breach of Testing Security Reports signed with attached documentation signed with attached documentation (after entered online) (after entered online)

26 26 Breach Envelope Where is Breach Envelope Returned? Please return the envelope to: Charlotte Woehler Charlotte Woehler Tennessee Department of Education Tennessee Department of Education Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Assessment, Evaluation, and Research 1252 Foster Avenue 1252 Foster Avenue Hardison Building Hardison Building Nashville, TN (US-37243) Nashville, TN (US-37243) (UPS-37210) (UPS-37210)

27 27 SDDV IMPORTANT DATES Writing SDDV site opens: Writing SDDV site opens: March 12 March 12 Writing SDDV site closes: Writing SDDV site closes: March 28 March 28 Details... Details...

28 Writing Assessment Scoring Committee A rapid return of test materials is essential to ensure that anchor papers are reviewed by Tennessee educators. A rapid return of test materials is essential to ensure that anchor papers are reviewed by Tennessee educators. Please encourage instructional leaders to nominate teachers to participate in the 2008 Writing Assessment Scoring Committee. Please encourage instructional leaders to nominate teachers to participate in the 2008 Writing Assessment Scoring Committee.

29 29 Contact Information For any questions about the TCAP Writing Assessment please contact: For any questions about the TCAP Writing Assessment please contact: Charlotte Woehler (615)


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