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Benchmark Testing

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Do Not Talk
Do not talk
No Cell Phones
No help
What does ACTAAP stand for?
Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program
Hellstern Middle School
Staff Test Training
2013-2014
OVERVIEW OF THE AUGMENTED BENCHMARK EXAMINATIONS AND THE IOWA TESTS®

The Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) is comprised of criterion-­referenced test (CRT) and norm-­referenced test (NRT) components including the Augmented Benchmark Examinations at grades 3–8 and The Iowa Tests® at grades 1–2 and 9.

The Augmented Benchmark Examinations for grades 3–8 combine the CRT and NRT components. The Iowa Tests comprise the NRT component of the Augmented Benchmark Examinations. The focus of the testing at these grades is to identify those students who may be in need of remediation in the mathematics and English
language arts curricula for grades 3–8 and in the science curriculum for grades 5 and 7.

All test items and materials for the CRT portion of the Augmented Benchmark Examinations are field tested before moving into full implementation. Field test items are embedded in the assessment.
TESTING DATES
Districts administer the Augmented Benchmark Examinations for grades 3–8
April 7–11, 2014

Districts complete make-­up testing for the Augmented Benchmark Examinations
April 15, 2014

Testing shall be conducted on the dates given above. No part of the test may be given early. Early testing constitutes a breach of security.
Districts administer the Augmented Benchmark Examinations for grades 3–8

April 9–13, 2012
Reminders - New last year

Accomodated Read--aloud test booklet
There is a single Read-­aloud form per grade.

Read-aloud Test Administrator’s Test Booklet
A new secure test booklet has been produced specifically for Test Administrators who are providing a Read-aloud

accommodation to a student. These booklets will be distributed in the school-level
Secure
Materials Shipment.
STUDENTS TO BE TESTED

It is important to know who should be tested. All students who can be tested under standardized conditions with or without allowable accommodations, are required to take the Augmented Bechmark Examination.
Students to be tested:
All students who are able to test under standardized conditions, with or without allowable accommodations, are required to take the Augmented Benchmark Examinations in grades 3–8 or The Iowa Tests® for grades 1–2 and 9.

All students, including the following, should be tested:
• Title I students—all students identified as eligible for Free and/or Reduced Lunch
• Transfer students
• LEP students—with or without accommodations
• Disabled students—if their IEP indicates paper and pencil testing is appropriate, with or without accommodations
• Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) students
• Foreign exchange students
• Day Treatment students

Exceptions:
• Homebound students
• Home-schooled students
• Incarcerated students
• Students in Residential Treatment Centers
• Students in Juvenile Detention Centers

WHAT IS A CRITERION-REFERENCED TEST (CRT)?

Criterion-referenced testing uses an objective standard or achievement level. An evaluee is required to demonstrate ability at a particular level by performing tasks at that degree of difficulty. Scores on criterion-referenced tests indicate what individuals can do — not how they have scored in relation to the scores of particular groups of persons.

WHAT IS A NORM-REFERENCED TEST (NRT)?

Norm-referenced tests compare an individual's performance to the performances of a group, called the “norm group.”
BEFORE TESTING PREPARATIONS

Test Security Guidlines:
Maintaining test security is a very serious responsibility for all currently licensed Arkansas personnel.
Breach of test security is one of the actions for which teaching/administrative licenses can be revoked.
All District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators shall be
currently licensed
by the Arkansas Department of Education as teachers or administrators.

Classified staff / Aides shall not function in the capacity of the test administrator - Classified staff CANNOT watch your testing group while you take a restroom / water / snack break.
Attend local test administration training including discussion of the test schedule and procedures, how to appropriately provide accommodations, and to obtain answers to questions
(Mr. Donnell)
.
Read all directions in your ACTAAP test administration manual.

Testing Environment:
The test should be administered in an area with comfortable seats, good lighting and ventilation, and freedom from noise and interruptions. Smooth, hard writing surfaces and adequate workspace are also important. The physical conditions should be conducive to concentration. Students should be seated in such a way that they will not be tempted to look at each other’s test materials.
Students cannot have any materials (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, homework) except testing materials during testing sessions.

Classroom visual aids:
Remove or cover all visual aids in the room that might provide clues or answers.
Please have this completed by THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014.
OVERVIEW OF TESTING MATERIALS

Answer Document Layout
The answer documents are designed to be machine-scannable and, as such, must be handled carefully. To ensure
they can be properly scored, answer documents must not be folded, paper-clipped, stapled, rubber-banded, taped,
or torn. Extraneous materials (rulers, extra sheets of paper,* etc.) inside of answer documents cannot be processed and will cause the scanner to stop.
ONLY No. 2 pencils may be used on answer documents.
Golf, mechanical, or any pencil that is not a No. 2 pencil, including No. 2.5 pencils, may not be used. Responses may not be captured if
any writing instrument other than a No. 2 pencil is used. Students are provided boxed areas in which to respond to
open-response items. Open-responses will be scored using image scoring (online scoring).
Any response that falls outside the box will not be scored.
Some of the boxes for answering open-response questions contain a grid, which
may or may not be needed to answer the question. Students must keep their responses inside the boxes provided.
However, if the question does not direct the student to use the grid when one is provided, they may answer the
question anywhere inside the box, including across the grid. Marking directions for the multiple-choice answers
are given on the front cover.

*Note: The use of scratch paper is considered a breach of testing security.
Please remind your students of this!!!
TEST SECURITY AFFIDAVITS
Affidavit 3 - Test Administrator Security Form
All Test Administrators must sign this affidavit. "I certify that I have not read, copied, reproduced, or released in any way the secure items or students' responses to test items from ACTAAP Examinations.....
TEST BOOKLET AND TEST ADMINISTRATION MANUAL SECURITY FORMS
Each Test Administrator must initial in the “Out” column under “Test Booklet Receipt and Return” when the test booklets are distributed and the School Test Coordinator must initial the “In” column when they are returned and counted each day after testing.
MATERIALS PROHIBITED DURING TEST ADMINISTRATION
Students cannot have any materials (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, homework) except testing materials during the testing sessions. If students finish a session early, they may review ONLY the current session test answers and then sit quietly until the session ends. Collect Mathematics Reference Sheets, rulers, protractors, and/or manipulatives from students, if applicable, after the completion of the last mathematics session on which these materials can be used.
Scratch Paper—Students may write in their test booklets. No scratch paper may be provided for students in grades 3-9 (the use of scratch
paper is a breach of security).

However, students may use blank spaces in the test booklets to do scratch work.

For open-­response items, students must show all of their work in the spaces provided in the answer documents. Any work recorded in the test booklets will NOT be scored. Only work recorded with a No. 2 pencil in the answer documents will be scored.
Electronic Devices—No electronic devices with photographic capability shall be accessible at any time during test administration [Arkansas Code 6-­18-­502(b)]. Other electronic equipment that allows for communication among students shall not be accessible at any time during test administration (e.g., cell phone, iPod, MP3 player).
Students will sign a student cell phone affidavit.
Food and Drink—
During testing sessions, no food or drink is allowed in the testing area.
Highlighters—
Highlighters may be used on the test booklets ONLY
(except for grades 1–2). No highlighters may be used on the answer documents or consumable test booklets.
Ink Pens/Felt-Tip Markers—Ink pens and felt-­tip markers must not be used on any answer document or consumable test booklet.
Use a No. 2 pencil only.
Golf, mechanical, or any pencil that is not a No. 2 pencil, including No. 2.5 pencils, may not be used. Responses may not be captured if any other writing instrument other
than a No. 2 pencil is used.

Calculator Use and Restrictions

Within the Augmented Benchmark Examinations and The Iowa Tests at grade 9, most mathematics sessions permit calculator use. However, during certain sessions, calculators may not be used. Calculators may not be used on the science portions of the Augmented Benchmark Examinations or on The Iowa Tests at grades 1 and 2. See the Test Administration Manuals for further information on calculators. Students may NOT share calculators during testing sessions and may have only ONE calculator during testing.

Students may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, as long as it does not have any of the features on the list below.

Calculators that may NOT be used for any session of the examinations include the following:
• Pocket organizers
• Hand-held or laptop computers
• Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices
• Calculators built into cellular phones or other wireless communication devices
• Calculators with QWERTY (typewriter-like) pads
• Calculators with paper tape
• Calculators that “talk” or make unusual noises
• Calculators that require an electrical outlet
• Calculators with built-in capability to simplify algebraic expressions, multiply polynomials, or factor polynomials
• CAS (often designated Computer Algebra Systems)
• Calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators


CALCULATOR USE AND RESTRICTIONS

Some examples of specific calculator models prohibited include the following:
• Casio CFX-9970G, Algebra FX 2.0, and ClassPad300
• Hewlett-Packard HP-40G, HP-48gll, HP-49G, and HP-50G
• Texas Instruments TI-89 or TI-92
• Voyage 200

TI-Nspire calculators without CAS are allowed only in the following two cases:
1) with the TI-84 Plus keypad
2) with the TI-Nspire keypad using operating system 1.7 or higher with both “Limit geometry functions” and “Disable function grab and move” invoked in Press-to-Test mode. You must invoke Press-to-Test mode at the beginning of each session and exit Press-to-Test mode at the end of each session.

If students are permitted to use their own calculators, it is the responsibility of the Test Administrator to certify that these calculators meet the above requirements. Failure on the part of the Test Administrator to verify that each calculator meets the above requirements will constitute a breach of security.

It is the responsibility of the Test Administrator to ensure that the memory of each calculator is cleared at the beginning and end of each testing day. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of security. To clear a New Calculator push ON and CLEAR at same time. To clear an Old Calculator, push ON twice.
MAKE SURE THE MATH REFERENCES SHEETS ARE OUT OF THE LIDS OF THE CALCULATORS!!!

CALCULATORS USE AND RESTRICTIONS

Make sure that students using calculators have practiced using them and are familiar with the use of the calculator in testing situations with items similar to those they will see on the examination (i.e., open-­response items).
It is also important that students understand that, while they are allowed to use calculators, it is still essential that the students show all of their work when responding to the open-­response items.

If one student has the opportunity to use a calculator, then all students in the class should have equal access to a calculator. However, there should be no perceived disadvantage to students whether they are encouraged to use calculators or not allowed to use them. The test items were designed to minimize the amount of computational effort the students would need on the test. Those who teach mathematics in your school should decide whether or not calculators should be used.

No electronic devices with photographic capability shall be accessible at any time during test administration[Arkansas Code 6-­18-­502(b)]. Other electronic equipment that allows for communication among students shall not be accessible at any time during test administration (e.g., cell phone, iPod, MP3 player).
(Classroom copiers should be unplugged)
AFFIDAVIT WAIVER FORM FOR PROVIDING AN APPROVED ACCOMMODATION
I provided an approved testing accommodation for.....
Reading, Recording, and Transcription of Student Responses

Special Education students, Limited English Proficient students, and students with a 504 Plan may receive the
accommodation of having the mathematics, writing, and/or science portions of the Augmented Benchmark
Examinations or The Iowa Tests read to them if the accommodation is listed in their IEP, LPAC Plan, or 504
Plan and is used on a regular basis in the classroom. The Read-aloud form should be administered to all students
receiving this accommodation. No other form may be used to provide a Read-aloud accommodation. Test
Administrators must use the Read-aloud Test Administrator’s test booklets provided with the Read-aloud forms
when administering the Read-aloud accommodation to students in grades 3–8 taking the Augmented Benchmark
Examinations. Note that there is no Read-aloud form available for The Iowa Tests. Do not code the Special
Education Accommodations section for students with a 504 Plan. However, they may still receive accommodations
that are in the students’ 504 Plans and used regularly in the classroom. Complete the 504 Accommodations section
of the “Teacher Use Only” box, as appropriate, for 504 students taking the Large Print or Braille versions of the
test, and for 504 students receiving the accommodation of having portions of the test read to them. Reading of
test questions or reading passages for the reading test is not allowed under any circumstances except when
the test administration script requires the test questions be read to all students.

In certain cases, a student’s response to test questions will require recording (i.e., a teacher records the student’s
verbal responses and places them into his/her answer document or consumable test booklet) or transcription
(i.e., the responses must be coded or written in the student’s answer document or consumable test booklet by
someone other than the student). In those cases where a student’s responses to test questions require recording or
transcription (e.g., Large Print, Braille, or other approved accommodations), the recording or transcription needs
to be done by a teacher or administrator who is currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education
and must occur within the district, prior to the shipment of materials to Questar. If the recording or transcription
does not occur within the district, the student’s responses will be treated as nonscoreable or “not taken” by the
contractor. Ideally, the recording or transcription should be performed by the District Test Coordinator or someone
working directly under his or her supervision.

Only teachers or administrators who are currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education are allowed
to read, record, or transcribe a test for students who have this accommodation. The Affidavit Waiver Form for
Providing an Approved Accommodation provided on page 81 must be copied and signed by the currently
licensed Arkansas teachers or administrators providing the accommodation and placed behind (not stapled to)
Affidavit 3—Test Administrator Security Form. Keep one copy on file at the district. Note that the Affidavit
Waiver Form has been revised. The Test Administrator must read and sign the form before administering the
allowable accommodation and again after testing is completed.
ALERTS
Student responses are confidential with scorers seeing only an answer document identification number for any response to an open-­response item or essay topic. However, there is an approved alert process in place for any response that is disturbing or indicates some administrative irregularity (e.g., any potential danger to the student or others, illegal activity, cheating, breach of test security). In the case of an alert situation, Questar will notify the ADE Office of Student Assessment who will notify the Superintendent.

TEST ADMINISTRATOR GUIDELINES
There should be at least one Test Administrator appointed for each group of 25 students.
Test Administrators are responsible for attending local test administration training, including discussion of test schedule and procedures, and how to appropriately provide accommodations, and to obtain answers to questions.
SPECIAL EDUCATION ACCOMMODATIONS

TRAN a teacher transfers answers from the student’s test booklet to an answer document or consumable test booklet
REC a teacher records the student’s verbal responses and places them into his/her
answer document or consumable test booklet
SIGN directions signed for a student with a hearing impairment
PREF preferential seating (study carrel)
SMGT small group testing
INT individual testing
RMT/RWT/RST reading of the math/writing/science test
Important: No portion of the reading test may be read to any student!
MD magnifying devices
NB noise buffer
IS individualized scheduling
ET extended time
LPT Large Print test booklet
BT Braille test booklet
AB abacus

Extended time means that the whole school day may be used for the portion of the test that is scheduled for that day. When extended time is allowed, students must complete each session in the order scheduled before moving to the next session. Students who are at different points in the test schedule must be isolated from students on the regular schedule for testing, during breaks, and during lunch. Extended time does not allow students to go back into a session at a later time in the day to continue working or to complete unfinished items.
LEP ACCOMMODATIONS

LEP -­ ET extended time
LEP -- WTWD word-­to-­word dictionary
LEP -­ IS individualized schedule
LEP -­ PREF preferential seating (study carrel)
LEP -­ SMGT small group testing
LEP -­ INT individual testing
LEP -- RMT/RWT/RST reading of the math/writing/science test in English
Important: No portion of the reading test may be read to any student!
LEP -­ NB noise buffer
THE END
Review Testing Schedule
Answer Document Grids
Information has been added to the Test Administration Script regarding grids in the answer document open-response

boxes. Some of the boxes for answering open-response questions will contain a grid, which may or may not be needed to answer the question. Students must keep their responses inside the boxes provided. However, if the question does not direct the student to use the grid when one is provided, they may answer the question anywhere inside the box, including across the grid.
The Test Administration Manual
This manual contains instructions for Test Administrators. It includes information about the testing schedule and the students to be tested, and it provides procedures to be followed before, during, and immediately after test administration. A script that Test Administrators must use for the testing sessions is also included.

Read through this entire manual thoroughly. The test administration script provided in this manual must be used for each of the Augmented Benchmark Examinations testing sessions. If you have any questions concerning the Augmented Benchmark Examinations, the testing procedures, or the instructions in this manual, contact your School Test Coordinator.
504 Accommodations Section
A 504 Accommodations section has been added to the “Teacher Use Only” box on the student answer documents

for 504 students taking a Large Print, Braille, or Read-aloud version of the test.
Affidavait Waiver Form for Providing an Approved Accommodation
The Affidavit Waiver Form has been revised to require the Arkansas licensed teacher or administrator providing an

approved accommodation to sign the form both
before and after
the examination is administered to the student
with the accommodation.
Materials Needed for Test Administration
On the day of testing, assemble the following materials supplied to you by your School Test Coordinator. Be certain
you have a sufficient supply for all students participating in the test.

Test Administration Manual:
You

should have a copy for yourself, as well as a copy for each additional proctor or assistant.

Sharpened No. 2 Pencils:
If it is not your normal procedure to furnish pencils, students should be told to
bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils on each day of the test. You should have extra No. 2 pencils on hand.
ONLY No. 2 pencils may be used on answer documents. Golf, mechanical, or any pencil that is not a No. 2
pencil, including No. 2.5 pencils, may not be used. Responses may not be captured if any writing instrument
other than a No. 2 pencil is used.

Calculators:
During Mathematics Sessions M7, M8, M10, M11, and Part 1 M15, and Part 1 of M20, calculators may be used.
During Session M6 and Part 2 of Session M15 and M20, however, calculators may not be used. Remind students to
bring calculators on the testing days if needed. See pages 21–22 of this manual for information regarding
calculator use and restrictions. The school must provide calculators for students who do not have them and
wish to use them during testing.

Timer:
Be sure to have a reliable watch or clock with a back-up available in case the primary clock
malfunctions.

Door Sign:
Make a sign to hang on the door that reads “TESTING—PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB.”
Materials Needed for Test Administration

Test Booklets:
You should have counted and signed for the secure test booklets you will need to administer
the test. Different forms of the test booklets are arranged in a special order in the class packs you have been
given. Do NOT alter the order of the forms when you distribute them.

Answer Documents:
Follow your School Test Coordinator’s instructions for completing the demographic
information on the answer document. The information requested in the “Teacher Use Only” box must be
coded by the School Test Coordinator or person designated to do so after all testing is completed. Instructions
are provided on pages 86–91 of this manual.

Student Labels:
Student labels are to be placed on the answer documents or the Student Not Tested Form
in the space provided. Labels may be placed on answer documents prior to testing. Student labels must
be used if provided unless the student’s school, grade, State ID number, and/or last name are incorrect. If
information for a student is incorrect, it must be updated in APSCN/Triand prior to the first day of testing.

Mathematics Manipulatives:
Specific mathematics questions may require the use of a metric/standard ruler
at both grades, a protractor at grade 7, and multi-shape pattern blocks (green, perforated geometric shapes)
at grade 6. All students in grade 6 should receive the pattern blocks and envelopes. Altering of the rulers is a testing impropriety.
Pre-assembly of Manipulatives
Rulers, protractors, and manipulatives will be provided as part of the Non-secure Materials Shipment. Students
in grade 6 will need a ruler and the manipulatives, while students in grade 7 will need a ruler and a protractor.

It is recommended that the manipulatives be pre-assembled and students given a chance to practice with them prior
to testing.
As soon as the materials have been received, inventoried, and distributed, the School Test Coordinator
and Test Administrators may work jointly to pre-assemble these materials. However, you may have students
separate the pattern blocks and place them into an envelope along with a ruler immediately prior to Session M6
on the second day of testing.

Rulers and protractors are packaged in sets of 25. The manipulatives are shrink-wrapped in packages containing 25
sheets of green multi-shape pattern blocks and 25 envelopes. To pre-assemble these materials, separate the pattern
blocks.
There should be one each of the following green shapes: hexagon, trapezoid, triangle, parallelogram, and
square. Place the pattern blocks in an envelope along with one ruler.
Test Booklet Layout
The test booklet is divided into 15 sessions for 6th and 21 sessions for 7th. Pertinent directions are printed at the beginning of each session. Review those directions with students before they respond to the test questions for that session. Students are allowed to work until they come to the directions to “STOP” at the end of the session or until they have worked for the maximum amount of time allowed for that session, whichever occurs first.

The test booklets are secure documents. Test security guidelines dictate that test booklets are not to be examined
at any time except when a currently licensed Test Administrator is providing an approved accommodation using
only the appropriate Read-aloud test booklet. Each test booklet contains a sequential, unique security ID number
and barcode. This unique security ID number and barcode are for document security only and do not correspond
with numbers printed on the answer documents. Numbers printed on the answer documents are used to identify
the documents during scoring.
Test booklets must be distributed to all students in spiral order (A, B, C, D, etc.).
Each student must receive one test booklet and one answer document to be used for all testing sessions. Calculators may be used for sessions M7, M8, M10, M11, and Part 1 of M15 only for 6th and M7, M8, M10, M11, and Part 1 of M20 only for 7th.

HMS students should be seated in ALPHA order. This will make it much easier for you to return your booklets in numerical order.
Test Security Guidelines
Maintaining test security is a very serious responsibility for all currently licensed Arkansas personnel.
Breach of test security is one of the actions for which teaching/administrative licenses can be revoked.

Districts must have a system in place to ensure that all materials are accounted for and kept secure during testing.
Any action that leads to the invalidation of student test scores or compromises the security of the tests or test
results will be viewed by the Arkansas Department of Education as an inappropriate use or handling of tests
and will be treated as such. The following guidelines are to assist in determining which activities constitute
inappropriate testing activities and breaches of test security:

1. The Superintendent or his/her designee in each school district shall be responsible for coordinating all
local assessment activities.
2. All District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators shall be currently
licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education as teachers or administrators.
3. The tests must be administered on the scheduled dates as specified in the manuals for the current
administration. No portion of the test may be given early.
4. All test materials shall be inventoried upon receipt at the district and school. Test booklets and Test
Administration Manuals for grades 1–2 must be kept in a secure area at all times, except during the
formal testing sessions.
5. The tests must be administered in strict accordance with the instructions outlined in the manuals for the
current administration.
These instructions include reading directions verbatim to students during testing.
6.
Test booklets with multiple forms must be distributed to all students in spiral order, including special
education and LEP students. Distributing forms incorrectly is considered a testing irregularity.
7. The Superintendent or his/her designee in each school district shall be responsible for ensuring that
all district personnel involved in the testing have been properly trained as specified by the Arkansas
Department of Education.
8. The Superintendent or his/her designee in each school district shall be responsible for ensuring that all
assessment documents and student identification information are properly and accurately coded and that
all students have participated in the appropriate grade-level assessment(s).
9. The Superintendent or his/her designee in each school district shall be responsible for ensuring that
Individualized Education Programs, Limited English Proficient Assessment Plans, and/or 504 Plans shall
specify any state-approved accommodation(s) available to students participating in the administration of
standard state assessments.
10. The Superintendent or his/her designee in each school district shall be responsible for ensuring that all
students enrolled in a state-tested grade or course shall be accounted for in the State Assessment System.
11. District staff may not read, review, or in any way duplicate or reproduce the test booklets, the associated
test items, the writing prompts, or other secure materials. Removing or copying the Mathematics
Reference Sheet provided in or with the test booklets is a breach of security.
Test Security Guidelines
12. All District Superintendents, District Test Coordinators, School Principals, School Test Coordinators, and
Test Administrators must sign the appropriate Test Security Affidavit. All Test Security Affidavits must be
returned to Questar with the scoreable materials.
13.
Students must not be exposed to answers of items at any time before, during, or after testing. Upon
reporting, customized CRT items that contribute to at least 50% of the total number of items on the
student score report will be released and may be used by public schools for instructional purposes.
14. Student responses to test items must represent the student’s own independent and unaided thinking and
must not be read, reviewed, or changed during or after testing. Cueing or assisting a student during testing
will be considered a breach of security.
15.
Students are not allowed to use scratch paper except for grades 1–2.
The use of scratch paper is considered
a breach of security.
16. Students cannot have any materials (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, homework) except testing
materials during the testing sessions.
17. No electronic devices with photographic capability shall be accessible at any time during test administration
[Arkansas Code 6-18-502(b)]. Other electronic equipment that allows for communication among students
shall not be accessible at any time during test administration (e.g., cell phone, iPod, MP3 player).
All HMS staff should leave their cell phones in their cars until testing is completed each day.
18. If students are permitted to use their own calculators, it is the responsibility of the Test Administrator to
certify that these calculators meet the requirements specified in the manuals for the current administration.
Failure on the part of the Test Administrator to verify that each calculator meets the requirements will
constitute a breach of security. Calculator use is not permitted at grades 1–2.
19. It is the responsibility of the Test Administrator to ensure that the memory of each calculator is cleared
both at the beginning and end of testing each day. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of security.
20. During the test administration, Test Administrators should continually monitor the testing process by
moving unobtrusively about the room. The Test Administrator is to devote total attention to the students
being tested and not work on other things. Test Administrators shall not access computers or other
electronic equipment during the assessment.
21. All test booklets, used and unused, Test Administration Manuals for grades 1–2, used and unused, used
answer documents, scratch paper, and Mathematics Reference Sheets shall be inventoried subsequent to
testing and returned to the testing company in the prescribed manner on the prescribed dates. Failure to
return all required testing materia
ls by the required dates is a breach of security. Any test booklets, used
answer documents, or used Student Not Tested Forms not returned by the district on the dates required
shall be reported to the ADE Office of Student Assessment.
22. All known violations of the Arkansas Department of Education security regulations shall be reported in
writing, signed by the reporter, and addressed to the ADE Office of Student Assessment. All security
violations shall be investigated by the state.
Test Security Procedures

During each testing session, students must use the same test booklet and answer document, or consumable test booklet, given to them at the beginning of testing. During mathematics testing sessions, students in grades 3–8 must use the same Mathematics Reference Sheet given to them on the first day of mathematics testing. In the answer documents, students will mark/write their responses. (Students in grades 1–2 will mark their answers in the consumable test booklets.) The test booklet and answer document for each student must be kept together throughout all sessions for all tests. Therefore, it is strongly advised that students be tested in the same group each day.

No part of any examination may be downloaded into any assistive device.

Keep all test materials stored in a securely locked location. School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators should also be instructed to monitor test materials at all times and to store them in a securely locked place when not in use. This includes securing materials at the close of each day of the testing sessions.
Mathematics Reference Sheet
The Mathematics Reference Sheets, for use on some portions of the Augmented Benchmark Examinations, are

provided as separate single sheets sent with the Secure Materials Shipment. Students may reference these sheets as needed, but under no circumstances should the sheets be copied. Copying the Mathematics Reference Sheets compromises the integrity of the tests and is a breach of security.
Monitoring Students during Testing Sessions
You may not cue or aid any student in answering or understanding any test questions. (You may, however, clarify

the demographic information.) Therefore, be sure that students clearly understand all of the directions before testing begins. Also, test security guidelines and student confidentiality dictate that student responses to test
questions may not be read or reviewed at any time.

Note: Students with an approved RMT/RWT/RST accommodation may have test items read verbatim.

During each session, the Test Administrator should circulate around the room to see that students are using the correct session of the test booklet and answer document. This process will be referred to in the procedures as
Circulate and Check. The session identifier, which is the first letter of the subject followed by the number of the session (e.g., S1), is printed in large type on the answer document to make it easier to see if a student is answering on the correct page.
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