|Policies and Procedures Handbook||
Last Updated: 8/1/98
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Test Security and Data Reporting
1. Applicable Tests and Materials
In accordance with COMAR 13A.03.04, it shall be the policy of the Garrett county Public Schools that adequate provisions be made for the security of state mandated testing materials and the testing process itself and for the accuracy of its data reporting. Specifically to be included are:
1. The Norm referenced test in use by the State;
2. All Maryland Functional Testing Program tests;
3. The Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests;
4. The High School Equivalency Program Test (GED);
5. Teacher Certification Tests; and
6. Other test instruments required by the State Public Schools
2. Local School Systsm Test Security Policies and Procurement Designate
This policy shall be incorporated in student handbooks. Each certificated employee shall receive a copy of this Policy at the time of hire and it will be incorporated in the school handbooks with staff periodically reminded of this policy.
The local accountability coordinator will be designed by the Superintendent and the coordinator's name provided to the State Department of Education. The coordinator shall be charged with implementing appropriate provisions for the security of materials and the storage of all secure tests, and test materials including answer keys, audio tapes, and examinee answer documents before, during and after testing. These procedures shall provide for storage of all materials under lock and key at a central location.
3. Invalidation of Test Scores
Provisions shall be made by the Local Accountability Coordinator to ensure that individuals administering the tests shall adhere to all procedures specified in the Maryland Accountability Coordinators Handbook and all administrator manuals for mandated testing programs. In addition, with the distribution of test materials, all test administrators will be informed that it is a violation of state regulations for anyone to knowingly and willfully:
1. Give examiness access to secure test items or materials before testing;
2. Copy, reproduce, or use in any manner inconsistent with test security regulations, all or any portion of a secure test booklet or administrator's manual, or both;
3. Provide answer keys or answers verbally, in writing, or by any other means, to examinees;
4. Coach examinees during testing or alter or interfere with examinees' responses in any way;
5. Fail to follow security regulations for distribution and return to secure test materials as diricted, or fail to account for all secure test materials before, during, and after testing;
6. Participate in, direct, aid, counsel, assist in, encourage, or fail to report any of the prohlbitid acts listed above, or fail to follow procedures published in test administration manuals; or
7. Refuse to disclose information regarding test security violations.
It is also a violation for any person or school to knowingly and willfully:
1. Fail to report test scores, nmmbers of students tested, other indicators of test performance and
participation for all participating students on mandatory tests administered by or through the State Board
of Bducation as part of its Maryland School Performance Program initiative;
2. Report incorrect or otherwise inaccurate test scores, numbers of students tested other indicators of test performance and participation on mandatory tests administered by or through the State Public Schools, as wall as all other data elements reported to the State Department of Education as part of its Maryland School Performance Program initiatives;
3. Exclude a student or students from participation in mandatory tests administered by or through the State Public Schools except as provided for in MSPAP and/or MSDE assessment guidelines.
A student who knowingly causes, allows, or is otherwise involved in the presentation of forged, counterfeit, or altered Identification for the purpose of obtaining admission to a test administration site for any of the tests listed above shall have the test results invalidated, and shall be ineligible to retake the test until the next official testing opportunity. A student who knowingly engages in any activities during testing which result in invalidation of scores shall be ineligible to retake the test until the next official testing opportunity.
4. Suspension and Revocation
The local school system shall report to the State Superintendent any violations of test security or data reporting. Violations may result in the suspension or revocation of an individual's teaching certificate, invalidation of test results, or the withholding of funds to the local school system.
5. Archive Requirement
Each local school system (and each school) must retain for three years after the date of test administration the following information for each testing group for each testing day: the name and student identification number for each student, the school and system name and identifier, and the names of the test administrators, examiners, and proctors.
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