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Test Administrator Training (Required for DTCs, STCs, and TAs). Test Administrators. Big Picture Objectives. Understand the roles and responsibilities of test administrators Understand how to use valid test administration practices Learn where to find test administration resources and tools
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Test Administrators Big Picture Objectives • Understand the roles and responsibilities of test administrators • Understand how to use valid test administration practices • Learn where to find test administration resources and tools • Be aware of what’s new this year in the statewide assessment system
Test Administrators Training Overview • Training will cover the following topics: • TA Training Overview • Accommodations • Test Security • OAKS Online* • ELPA* • Writing* • *Only required for TAs administering this assessment
Test Administrators TA Roles and Responsibilities • Before testing: • Provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the test format and procedures • Review student IEPs or education plans to identify appropriate test formats and accommodations • Make arrangements for students who are not testing • Review Test Administration Manual • During testing: • Ensure that students receive the appropriate test (includes settings such as language and print size) • Enforce test environment requirements
Test Administrators Test Environment Requirements • Supervision at all times by a trained TA • Quiet environment void of distractions • Only allowable resources made available to students upon request • Limited interaction with students • Read student directions • Administer accommodations appropriately • No coaching
Test Administrators Do’s and Don’ts Do’s • TAs must read the Test Administration Manual, receive annual test administration and security training, and sign an Assurance of Test Security form before administering state tests. • If you’re administering OAKS through the Braille Interface, you must also receive ODE-provided Braille Interface training • If you’re administering the Kindergarten Assessment, you must also receive ODE-provided Kindergarten Assessment training • If you’re administering the Extended Assessment, you must also receive ODE-provided Qualified Trainer or Qualified Assessor training
Test Administrators Do’s and Don’ts, cont’d Do’s • TAs may only provide students with allowable resources listed by content area in the Test Administration Manual. • TAs may only provide the restricted resource of printed test items to students for whom the district has identified individual student need. • TAs must read verbatim the student directions provided in the Test Administration Manual.
Test Administrators Do’s and Don’ts, cont’d Don’ts • TAs may not allow untrained aides, interpreters, volunteers, or substitutes to assist with test administration. • TAs may not coach students (including requiring students to show their work). • Students may not access non-allowable resources such as textbooks, class notes, or cell phones during testing. • Students may not talk to or help other students during testing.
Test Administrators Promising Practices • TA reviews the Test Administration Manual before testing, focusing on test security and content-specific allowable resources and accommodations. • TA seeks clarification from STC on any rules that are unclear before administering tests • TA spaces students appropriately or provides visual barriers to prevent students from seeing others’ tests. • TA reads student directions verbatim and circulates through test environment to ensure proper testing conditions. • TA makes available but does not require students to use allowable resources.
Test Administrators In a Nutshell • TAs must receive training each year • Special training requirements for Braille Interface, Extended, and Kindergarten Assessments • TAs enforce valid test environment for students • When in doubt about a particular testing practice, before testing begins: • Check the Manual • Check your training notes • Ask your School Test Coordinator • If all else fails, assume the answer is “no”
Test Administrators Test Administration Resources • Test Administration Manual • Accommodations Manual http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487 • Best Practices Guide • Promising Testing Practices http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2444
Test Administrators Acorns for Storage • What 3 things must a test administrator do before administering a state test? • What are some examples of assistance to students that are not allowed? • What are some methods we can use to reduce test improprieties?