The winter paper-based Writing test window closes next Thursday, February 21, 2013. Districts administering the winter paper-based Writing test must ensure that students complete the test by the end of the day on February 21 (students taking the online Writing test have through March 22 to complete testing). Paper-based tests completed after February 21 will be treated as invalid and will not be scored.
Districts must ensure that all unused test booklets, including blank overage booklets, are securely shredded and that all completed tests are shipped for scoring by Monday, March 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 February 9. The Return Kit also included 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 pp. G-19 - G-20 of the Test Administration Manual and are also repeated in checklist format in the return checklist included in the return kit. Tests shipped after March 4 will be treated as invalid and will not be scored.