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					Administration Code for Kentucky’s
 Educational Assessment Program
            Spring 2011
          Sources of Allegations
• Inappropriate Assistance/Intervention by Staff
• Test Security-Staff or Student (e.g. materials left
• Out-of-Order-Staff or Student (e.g. looking ahead in
  test booklet)
• Special Education (e.g. accommodation not in IEP)
• Student Action (e.g. cheating)
• Missing Materials (e.g. test missing from inventory)
• Other (e.g. good faith feedback during test, not
  providing necessary materials)
       Steps in Filing Allegations
• Notarized statements
• Supporting documentation (e.g.
  administration code signature sheet(s), test
  schedule, etc.)
• Potential KDE site visit
       Resolution of Allegations
• After significant time, the Testing Board of
  Review makes a recommendation to the
  Commissioner of Education who makes a final
  decision of…
  – Case closed OR
  – Scores lowered AND/OR
  – Training assigned for staff AND/OR
  – Names of staff sent to EPSB
            Reward Programs
• Shall be consistent with those applied within
  the larger school program
• Individual results from checklists (e.g. for
  “Good Faith”) shall not be made available to
  students until the entire assessment has been
• Local school board and activity funds cannot
  be used to fund reward programs. Donations
  may be used.
• A specific organizer or pre-write method for
  “Good Faith” is not acceptable.
• Complete first drafts shall not be required.
       Test Preparation Practice
• shall not increase students’ test scores on the
  statewide assessment without simultaneously
  increasing students’ ability to apply content to
  real-life situations.
          Classroom Materials
         Remove content and processes
• No matter how small
• No matter where it is located
• No matter if it’s not tested in your room
*Stretch the definition of “content” and
  “processes” to the limit in order to be extra
*Get a friend to double check your room.
                    Allowable Materials
  • Only as prescribed by the T. A. M. See the sections…
      – Inventory of Test Materials
      – Additional Materials Provided by Schools
  • No sharing of calculators unless you are positive that
    answers have been cleared.
  • No leaving the testing areas to obtain materials
KDE's states that a 4-function calculator is sufficient. However, when a mix of
4-function and scientific calculators is what you have available, be cautious
about the perception given about who gets the scientific version. We don't
want students (or their parents) thinking that they got the 4-function version
because they are not expected to do as well. Distribute them randomly and
be sure that any student can get the scientific version if they ask for one. If
this involves moving a calculator from one student to another or a few shared
scientific ones, be sure that answers are cleared from memory before a
calculator is given to a student.
There should not be a cessation of all
normal instruction during the testing
 There shall be no reviewing for the
  test during the testing window.
The use of any accommodations shall
not inappropriately interfere with or
 influence the administration of the
    assessment to other students.
               Test Security
• Test books should either be…
  – attended
  – double locked
             Timing the Tests
• Students may not be given more time on a
  specific test part than specified in the T. A.
• Students shall not be allowed to work ahead
  to future test session parts or to return to past
• Students shall not take more than a single
  school day to complete a testing session.
If this is observed, it is an indication that
   students might be cheating. This is
   challenging to monitor since kids are so
   sneaky about doing it. "Hands are to remain
   in plain sight" is a good policy to prevent it.
Student Movement During Test Sessions
• Students may not move about the testing
• Students may not be left alone in a testing
• shall not engage in any behavior that would
  assist the students in responding to any test
  item. For example,
  – “You can do better.”—NO
  – “Good job.”—NO
  – “Do your best.”—YES
Knowledge of Specific Test Content
• Do not obtain deliberately.
• Do not reveal to anyone.
• Do not use to prepare students for the
           Student Responses
• Cannot be scored (including rough drafts)
• Cannot be read in their entirety (even to
  determine “Good Faith Effort”
• Cannot be copied
Staff shall not alter student answers at
                any time.
• DO NOT erase anything, except for a stray
• DO NOT add anything
  Disciplinary Problems Found During
       Visually Scanning Answers
• For example, inappropriate language or drawings.
• Students shall not be allowed to modify their
  initial response.
• Students may be instructed to answer the
  questions again on separate sheets of paper. The
  original responses, along with the rewritten ones
  clearly marked NOT TO BE SCORED—ITEMS
  submitted for scoring to the testing contractor.
Errors in testing materials should
   be reported to the B. A. C.

   DO NOT take any individual action.
            Live by the Code!
• This presentation highlights the most
  important points.
• No presentation takes the place of reading the
  code, which you should do!
• When in doubt, ask your B. A. C.
          KDE conducts random site
            visits to analyze…
•   Training
•   Testing Schedule
•   Extended Time
•   Materials Management
•   Test Security
•   Testing Environment
•   Accommodations
•   Exemptions
•   Return of Materials
•   Student Motivation

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