The OAKS Online, Online Writing, and paper-based Writing test windows will close on Thursday, May 17. Once the window closes, students will no longer have access to their online tests, and AIR will push through all partial OAKS Online and Online Writing tests for scoring. Paper-based writing tests completed after May 17 will be treated as invalid and will not be scored.
Districts must ensure that all unused paper-based writing test booklets, including blank overage booklets, are securely shredded and that all completed tests are shipped for scoring by Monday, June 4. When packaging completed tests for return shipping, districts must use the return mailing labels included in the Return Kit* delivered to districts during the week of May 3. The Return Kit also includes a return checklist and an overage certification form. Districts submitting non-precoded “overage” booklets for scoring must sign this form and include it with their shipment certifying that overage booklets were only used to test eligible Grade 11 students who had not previously taken and passed the High School Writing test. Districts should use the same boxes in which the test booklets originally arrived for use in returning completed Writing tests for scoring. Instructions for packaging completed tests for return shipment and scoring are included on p. G-20 of the 2011-12 Test Administration Manual and are also repeated in checklist format in the return checklist included in the return kit. Tests shipped after June 4 will be treated as invalid and will not be scored.