Test Security and Accountability
Derived from Georgia DOE Student Assessment Handbook
“It is a breach of test security if anyone performs any of the following . . .” (p. 17)
· gives examinees access to test questions or prompts prior to testing;
· copies, reproduces, or uses in any manner inconsistent with test security regulations all or any portion of secure test booklets;
· coaches examinees during testing, or alters or interferes with examinees’ responses in any way;
· makes answers available to examinees;
· fails to follow security regulations for distribution and return of secure test materials as directed, or fails to account for all secure test materials before, during, and after testing;
· uses or handles the secure test booklets and answer documents for any purpose other than examination;
· participates in, directs, aids, counsels, assists, encourages, or fails to report any of these prohibited acts;
· fails to follow administration directions for the test.
Failure to safeguard test materials or to comply with test administration procedures could adversely affect an individual’s certification status. Such practices must be reported to the DOE and the Professional Standards Commission [by the district] as failure to adhere to established policies and procedures. Under no circumstances may any testing materials be reproduced or duplicated for individual or group use. Failure to comply with the U.S. Copyright Laws protecting these materials could result in legal action. Any instance of violation of copyright laws must be reported immediately to the DOE [by the district]. (p. 17)
CERTIFIED PERSONNEL MUST ADMINISTER ALL STATE ASSESSMENTS
Irregularities in Security Procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Examinee was given access to test questions or prompts prior to testing.
· Test Examiner or other personnel copied or reproduced and distributed secure test materials.
· Test Examiner or other personnel coached examinee(s) during testing.
· Test Examiner or other personnel altered or interfered with examinee’s responses in some way.
· Test Examiner or other personnel made responses available to examinee.
· Test Examiner or other personnel failed to follow security regulations for distribution and/or return of test materials before, during, or after testing, resulting in a breach of security.
· Text Examiner or other personnel used or handled the test materials for a purpose other than test administration (i.e. teacher takes a test home to review, teacher/administrator reads a test booklet after school, etc.)
Irregularities in Test Administration include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Test Examiner or other personnel failed to follow administration directions for the test.
· Examinee’s test booklet or answer sheet became lost.
· Teaching aids are displayed in the testing environment (i.e. a bulletin board containing relevant instructional materials) during testing.
The above examples on this document are not necessarily inclusive of all possible security breaches/testing irregularities.