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9/19/2013 9:45:00 AM
Testing and Media Requests

This school year, many schools will be administering new assessments -- the Kindergarten Assessment this fall and the Smarter Balanced Field Test in the spring. We know that your communities, parents, and local media may have a lot of questions, curiosity, and interest in these new assessments and we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a reminder about test security as it relates to the administration of these new assessments. As with other state tests, both the Kindergarten Assessment and the Smarter Balanced Field Test take place in secure test environments. As such, visitors and observers should not be invited into the test environment. This includes members of the media, photographers, film crews, etc. Parents or guardians who make prior arrangements with the district to observe the testing environment must sign a Non-Administration Assurance of Test Security Form and must be seated far enough from students to prevent distraction or other interference with the test administration. If practicable, it is preferable to allow the parent or guardian to watch the test through an observation window rather than having the parent or guardian in the test environment.

If you are approached by members of the public or the media wishing to observe the tests, please remind them that these are secure test environments designed to assess student's knowledge and skills. In order to maintain a secure and disruption-free environment, we cannot allow observers into the testing environment. And under no circumstances should members of the media or community be allowed to photograph or record a testing session or gain access to secure test questions. Please remind members of the media that these items are secure and that if that security is breached items need to be removed from testing and replaced with a new test item.

For more information, please refer to Part IV - Test Security of the Test Administration Manual. If you have any questions about test security as it relates to these new assessments, please contact Holly Carter (503-947-5739, holly.carter@state.or.us eMail).

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  • Holly Carter Email    (503) 947-5739
    Assessment - Ops & Policy Analyst

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