The winter writing test window opens next week on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 for both the online and paper-based administrations. In preparation, ODE encourages districts to review the following security reminders with staff:
- All printed test materials must be collected, inventoried, and securely stored between test sessions. This includes student notes, outlines, rough drafts, test booklets (paper-based administration), and printed prompts (online administration).
- For students taking the paper-based administration who will use a word processing program during the drafting phase, districts must ensure that the program's grammar check and auto-spell correction features are disabled.
- Districts must also ensure that any word-processed drafts are saved securely and are not accessible by the student or others outside of the secure test environment. This means that student drafts should not be saved to a student's school account if the student has access to that account outside of the test environment; a secure alternative would be to have students save their draft to a flash drive which is then collected and securely stored by the test administrator. In addition, students may not use internet-based programs such as GoogleDocs.
Additional guidance on securely administering the Writing assessment is included in Part IV and Appendix G of the Test Administration Manual.