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1 Welcome to PARCC Field Test Training! Presented by the PARCC Field Test Team

2 Outline 1. Overview – Participating schools – Paper and online – Grades and test sessions 2. Proctoring the test – Calculator – Testing accommodations – Testing Protocols 3. Preparing your school – Resources – The PearsonAccess website – Sample Test Items for students

3 1. Overview This year, we are running a Field Test of the PARCC exam, to prepare us for full-scale testing in the future. – Approximately 11% of our students will be tested. – 47 schools will be doing online testing. – 17 schools will be doing paper testing. – Students nor schools will receive scores. – Purposes of field test: To test the reliability of the items. To test readiness and help prepare for future online testing on a mass scale.

4 Overview: Schedule and Subjects Schools testing PBA (Performance-Based Assessment) will test: – March 24 – April 25 Schools testing EOY (End of Year) will test – May 5 – May 21 Schools who are testing both PBA and EOY Assessments. – PBA Assessment is March 24 – April 11 – EOY Assessment is May 5 – May 21 The tested subjects are Math and/or English Language Arts (ELA).

5 Overview: Roles There is one Test Coordinator per school. That person oversees the Test Administrators. – There should be one Test Administrator per test session. A Test Administrator may be assisted by Proctors. All Test Administrators and Proctors must be trained prior to administering or monitoring a testing session. See the Test Coordinator manuals on PearsonAccess for more detailed definitions and descriptions of who may serve in those roles.

6 Key Responsibilities of Field Test Coordinator Be familiar with relevant manuals Establish and communicate test schedule Develop Security Plan, including Chain-of-Custody documentation Develop Training Plan Plan ahead to provide accommodations for those who are permitted to use them Meet with Test Administrators & meet with students Confirm necessary test materials are available Securely destroy test materials as detailed in Coordinator’s manual

7 Overview: Test sessions Each participating class will need to take the test over two or three Sessions per subject. – A single session will have a total time of 60 to 120 minutes depending on the class and session. – Extended time beyond the allotted session time is permitted for students with that accommodation. – Allow for Each session must be done within one day. – Two sessions of a test may be done within one day, but not three in one day. All students within the same grade level and subject must test on the same day.

8 Overview: Test sessions Example: The third grade ELA test has three PBA sessions and two EOY sessions. – See the Test Coordinator Manual for Paper-based Testing for all grades. – The amount of time allotted for each test session consists of Session Time and Additional Time Allowed. – The total Field Test time includes any individual interruptions (e.g., bathroom breaks).

9 Guidelines for Session Times 9

10 2. Proctoring the test. Calculators Testing accommodations Security Protocols Testing Protocols

11 Calculators Tests for grades 3-5 do not involve use of a calculator. All other grades have a “calculator part” of the math test, in which a calculator may be used. – Grades 6, 7: Four-function calculator with square root – Grade 8: Scientific calculator – High school: Graphing calculator consistent with the TI-84.

12 Calculators and accommodations

13 Accommodations Accommodations on IEP’s, 504’s, and ELL’s require selection during student test registration. Appendix G of the Coordinator’s manual, and Appendix D of the Administrator’s manual list accessibility features and accommodations and content area and tests permitted. Accommodations that have been used must be indicated on the student registration record.

14 Read-Aloud Is an Accessibility Feature for math. Or Accommodation for ELA/Literacy Assessment. A test administrator giving a Read-Aloud will need a Proctor Authorization Ticket in order to access the test administrator copy of the test.

15 Accommodations Documentation There is much information on accessibility and accommodations in the manuals and training modules at PearsonAccess. – Test Coordinator Manual, Appendix G – Test Administrator Manual, Appendix D – and-accommodations-manual – Accessibility Features and Accommodations Training Module

16 Security Protocols All staff involved in testing must sign security agreement and kept for 3 years. Distribute and collect materials from Test Administrators. Implement a Chain-of-Custody plan which ensures that test materials are accounted for before, during, and after the test administration.

17 Paper-Based Test Materials Test Booklets Answer Documents (grades 4–high school) Vendor-supplied Rulers and Protractors Vendor-supplied Mathematics Reference Sheets Scratch Paper Calculators – where permitted in Math tests

18 Contaminated/Damaged Materials

19 Testing Protocols Sessions must be administered in order. Schedule sessions for entire allotted time. Students who finish early may read or do classwork that is unrelated to test content. Student may not leave test room if finish early. Bathroom breaks permitted, one at a time. At discretion of test administrator, permitted ONE class break up to 3 minutes. No student may go onto next session before all students in session have completed the session. Test protocol breaches are reported to the test coordinator, who then contacts Cindy.

20 More Testing Protocols Test Administrator must actively proctor at all times Prohibited Materials during testing: – Materials that define, explain, or illustrate terms in the subject area tested – Graphic organizers – Word lists – Number lines – Math charts, including those with formulas (a math reference sheet is supplied with the test) – Definitions – Cell phones or music devices

21 Post-test protocols ID Labels etc.

22 Field Test Survey ID Labels etc.

23 3. Preparing Your School Training of your Test Administrators should consist of: – Their reading of the Test Administrator manual (online or paper). – Viewing the relevant training sessions on the PearsonAccess website. – Having their students go through sample items.

24 Resources/Manuals Relevant documentation can be found at the PearsonAccess Website using the Support Tab: – Pearson Access User Guide – Test Coordinator Manual for Paper-Based Testing – Test Administrator Manual for Paper-Based Testing – Accessibility Features and Accommodations Training Module

25 The PearsonAccess Website – Go to, and choose PARCC in the drop- down

26 The PearsonAccess Website – For documentation and training, use the relevant links in the Support tab,

27 The PearsonAccess Website The PearsonAccess website has two sections for which you need distinct accounts to enter. – Training site: Here is where you set up an Infrastructure Trial. – Home: Also called the Live, or Development site. Here is where you register Field Test.

28 The PearsonAccess Website – To run an infrastructure trial, you need an account on the Training side of the website.

29 The PearsonAccess Website – To run the Field Test, you need an account on the Live, or Development side of the website.

30 Sample Test Items It is recommended that each school allow participating students to become familiar with the nature of the test by viewing Sample Items. – If done, must be done at least one day before the test. These are available at Follow the links to the relevant grade level and subject.

31 Sample Test Items If you show students the sample items, you may help a student see how answers are written. During the test, you will not be allowed to help a student enter answers.

32 4. Any questions? Thanks for being here, and for your past, present, and future work!

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