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4/11/2013 10:18:00 AM
Spring Paper-Based Writing Test Window Now Open

The spring paper-based writing test window opened on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. As a reminder, only Grade 11 students who have not yet met or exceeded the achievement standard and who did not test during the winter test window are eligible to test during the spring test window.
  • Students in Grades 9 or 10 may not access the writing assessment.
  • Students in Grade 11 who have a banked "meets" or "exceeds" score from a previous year or who tested during the winter test window may not retest.
  • Students in Grade 12 who have a banked "meets" or "exceeds" score from a previous year may not retest.

As districts prepare to administer the paper-based writing test, 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.

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