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									Test Security
  Test Security


                   Objectives
    • Understand principles of secure
           test administration
    • Understand how to maintain
      security of printed test materials
    • Learn how to avoid and respond
      to test improprieties

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Test Security

         Secure Testing Environment
•A quiet environment, void of distractions and
supervised by a trained test administrator
•Visual barriers or adequate spacing between
students
•Student access to only allowable resources
•All paper test materials collected and accounted
for after each testing event
•Student data is treated as confidential
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Test Security

                Definition and Purpose
•Purpose: To protect the integrity and
confidentiality of secure test items, prompts, and
passages. The security of these materials is
necessary so that they can be used in later years to
measure trends in performance. In addition, test
security helps to ensure test results can be used in
accountability reporting.
•Definition: A test impropriety is any instance
where a test is not administered in a manner
consistent with the Test Administration Manual or
OAR 581-022-0610 Administration of State Tests.
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           Potential Consequences
• Test opportunities may be invalidated in cases
  where test validity was compromised. Students
  will not receive additional test opportunities.
• If the district determines that the testing
  impropriety qualifies as gross neglect of duty,
  then the district must report it to TSPC within
  30 days. Personnel may then be subject to
  disciplinary action as determined by TSPC.
• Districts may also evaluate cases according to
  their own Human Resource policies.
• Private schools and programs may have their
  access to state tests revoked.
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                Do’s and Don’ts
Do’s
•TAs must ensure that students use the correct SSID
and take the correct test.
•TAs must securely shred test materials such as
printed test items or reading passages, scratch paper,
or other paper hand-outs written on by students after
each testing event.
•Test materials must be securely stored at all times.
•Test improprieties must be reported to ODE within
1 day of learning of them and the investigation must
be completed within 30 days.
•If a DTC cannot investigate an impropriety, the
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                 Dos and Don’ts (cont)
Don’ts
•TAs must not review or analyze secure test items
•Students must not access non-allowable resources
such as cell phones, iPods, or e-mail
•Students must not remove test materials from the
test environment
•TAs must not copy or retain any test materials,
including secure test booklets, writing prompts, or
reading passages
•DTCs, STCs, and TAs must not share their OAKS
log-in information with anyone (even other
authorized OAKS users)
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                 Promising Practices
•Using colorful materials to identify which students
have printed reading passages remaining at their
stations.
•When setting up the test environment, the TA should
ensure that the TA’s computer is set to print in the
computer lab where the students are testing.
•The TA uses the class roster to mark which students
received printed test items, reading passages, and how
many each student received. The TA then matches the
class roster to the printed items, reading passages
collected at the end of the testing event to account for
all printed items, and reading passages.
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                In a Nutshell
• Test materials must be inventoried and securely
  stored both before and after each testing event.
• Only authorized staff who have signed an
  Assurance of Test Security Form may have access
  to secure test materials.
• Scratch paper and all other printed materials written
  on by students during testing must be collected and
  securely shredded at the end of each testing event.
• DTCs must report all test improprieties to ODE
  within 1 day of learning of them. Report form is
  available at:
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  www.ode.state.or.us/go/testsecurity
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           Acorns for Storage
•What are some examples of “secure
 storage”? What are some examples of non-
 secure storage about which you’ve “heard”?
•Why must passwords be kept confidential?
•How might you or your students be affected
 if someone else violates test security or
 administers tests incorrectly?
•What are some strategies to minimize the risk
 of test security violations or test improprieties
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