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Title: Montana Comprehensive Assessment System MontCAS Guidelines and Procedures for Test Security 2006-2007


1
Montana Comprehensive Assessment System
MontCAS Guidelines and Procedures for Test
Security 2006-2007
2
Standard Administration Accurate Reliable
Data
3
Agenda
  • Purpose of Guidelines
  • Materials
  • Definitions
  • Training
  • Contacts

4
Purpose of Guidelines
  • Maintain integrity of the Montana Comprehensive
    Assessment System
  • Standard procedures and standard conditions
  • Accurate, reliable, and valid results

5
Materials
  • Guidelines and Procedures for Test
    Security--2006-2007, prepared by OPI
  • To be used in conjunction with MontCAS, test
    coordinator and test administrator guides and
    manuals
  • Onlinehttp//www.opi.mt.gov/PDF/Assessment/OPIGu
    ideProcTS.pdf
  • MontCAS, Phase 1 materials prepared by OPI and
    Riverside Publishing Company
  • MontCAS, Phase 2 materials prepared by OPI and
    Measured Progress

6
Test Coordinator /Administrator Guides and
Manuals--MontCAS Phase 1
  • Test Coordinator Guide
  • Mailed to Test Coordinators in pretest package,
    Feb. 2007
  • Online by Feb. 16, 2007
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase1.htmlTAdm
    in
  • Test Administrator Manuals
  • Included in materials stored from previous years
  • Alternate Assessment MaterialsUpdated in 2002
  • Alternate Assessment Scales
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase1.htmlPro
    c
  • Assessment Handbook, Volume 3

7
Test Coordinator /Administrator Guides and
Manuals--MontCAS Phase 2
  • CRT Test Coordinators Manual
  • Mailed to System Test Coordinators in pretest
    package
  • Online version http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/
    Phase2.htmlTA
  • CRT Test Administrators Manuals
  • Mailed to System Test Coordinators
  • Online by Feb. 26, 2007
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase2.htmlT
    A
  • CRT-Alternate Administration Manual
  • Online the week of Feb. 5, 2007
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase2.html
    TAAlt

8
Test Security Issues
  • Testing Irregularity
  • Secure Test Materials
  • Procedural/Administration Issues
  • Security Breach
  • Coaching
  • Reporting
  • Testing Irregularity Report (TIR)

9
Testing Irregularity
  • Definition Any event (before, during, or after
    testing) that could potentially impact the
    security of the test or the accuracy of the test
    data.
  • Includes any actions or precautions that vary
    from directions specified by testing contractor
    manuals or OPI.
  • Can constitute a security breach which could
    result in invalidating student scores and
    impacting AYP determinations.

10
Test Security--Materials
  • All test items and responses to those items
    are secure materials and may not be copied
    or duplicated in any way.
  • For Phase 1, the test coordinator is responsible
    for collecting, inventorying and storing the test
    booklets in a secure location before and after
    testing.
  • For Phase 2, the test coordinator is responsible
    for collecting, inventorying, and returning all
    test booklets to Measured Progress.
  • For both Phases 1 and 2, test coordinators are
    responsible for the security of answer documents
    and the return of them to the testing
    contractors.

11
Secure Test Materials
  • Test booklets, answer documents and other
    materials defined by OPI or testing contractor as
    secure.
  • These must be kept in a secure location and not
    copied.
  • System and school test coordinators are
    responsible for secure test materials.
  • Not maintaining the security of materials is a
    security breach.

12
Procedural--Security Breach
  • A security breach is a violation of a testing
    procedure that gives an unfair advantage to a
    student or group of students and could jeopardize
    the security and integrity of the tests and/or
    resulting data.

13
Accommodations
  • Remember accommodations are determined on an
    individual, not a group, basis.
  • For the NRT, accommodations must be included in
    an IEP, LEP, or 504 plan.
  • For the CRT, accommodations are available to all
    students on an individual basis and if the
    accommodation has been a part of the students
    classroom and assessment routine for 2-3 months
    prior to testing.

14
Maintaining a Standardized Test Environment
  • List of Do NOT activities is on page 3 of the
    Guidelines and Procedures for Test Security
  • Cannot answer questions related to the test
  • Refer to page 4 of the Test Security Guidelines
    for the list of Do activities
  • Cover or remove bulletin boards and instructional
    aids
  • No student should have any form of assistance or
    material that other students do not have.

15
Coaching
  • Coaching is a type of a procedural security
    breach.
  • Examples
  • Providing answers to students
  • Changing student responses
  • Influencing student responses to test questions
    by offering hints, clues, cues, facial
    expressions, nods, voice inflections, or any
    other manner of assistance that could impact a
    students answers.

16
OPI Test Security--Reporting
  • Any concern about breaches in test security or
    noncompliance with test administration procedures
    must be reported immediately to the principal and
    system test coordinator and to the State
    Assessment Director.   
  • OPI Guidelines and Procedures for Test Security
  • This OPI publication outlines procedures for
    reporting testing irregularities and should be
    made available to system superintendents,
    principals, and test administrators.
  • Contains the form for reporting a breach in test
    security or noncompliance with test
    administration procedures Testing
    Irregularity Report (TIR)

17
Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Form 1Nondisclosure Agreement
  • Test coordinator and/or administrator signs and
    submits to school principal before testing
    principal keeps on file.
  • Form 2 Nondisclosure and Test
    Administration Agreement
  • Principals sign and return to Measured Progress
    with schools used Student Response Booklets
    (SRB) after testing

18
Training so that . . .
  • everyone understands the procedures for
    administration.
  • the test is administered in a comparable way in
    all locations across the state.
  • quality control procedures are utilized when
    returning test materials.

19
Training ResourcesPowerPoint Presentations
  • On CDs
  • NRTincluded with pretest materials and online
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase1.htmlTAdmi
    n
  • CRTincluded with pretest materials and online
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase2.htmlTA
  • CRT-Alternateincluded with materials kits
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase2.htmlTAAl
    t
  • Test Security included with pretest materials
    and online
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/PDF/Assessment/OPIGuideP
    rocTS.pdf
  • CRT Accommodations Guidelines included with
    pretest materials and online
  • http//www.opi.mt.gov/Assessment/Phase2.htmlA
    ccom

20
Testing Contractor Contacts for Clarification
of Specific Procedures
  • MontCAS, Phase 1, (NRTIowa Tests)
  • Riverside Publishing Company
  • Meredith Durgin
  • (800) 767-8420 x6094
  • meredith_durgin_at_hmco.com
  • MontCAS, Phase 2, (CRT and CRT- Alternate)
  • Measured Progress
  • Sharon Houle
  • 1 (800) 431-8901 x2186
  • shoule_at_measuredprogress.org

21
Office of Public InstructionContacts
  • Judy Snow, State Assessment Director
  • 406-444-3656 FAX 406-444-1373
  • jsnow_at_mt.gov
  • Karen Richem, Assessment Specialist
  • 406-444-0748
  • krichem_at_mt.gov
  • Karen Crogan, Administrative Assistant
  • 406-444-4431
  • kcrogan_at_mt.gov
  • OPI FAX number and mailing address
  • 406-444-1373
  • P. O. Box 202502
  • Helena, MT 59620-2501

22
Thank You
  • Your comments, questions, and feedback make it
    possible for future improvements in the system.
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