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  • What the Test Security Agreement Entails
    If you missed our recent presentations at SES and SDMS, there are important details that you need to know when you sign your Test Security Agreement.  Signing your Test Security Agreement implies that you have done three things:
    • You have read the Test Administrator Manual (linked on the left side of this page under "Quick Links."  The first 12 pages are the most essential; they have all of the information and regulations on the test itself.  Pages 12 through 36 are the scripts that you are to read to students during testing sessions.  Everything after page 36 is related to the paper-and-pencil version of the test, which we are not doing.  So, the first 12 pages are the most important to read right now.
    • You have watched the Test Essentials webinar (linked on the right side of this page under "DoE Webinars."  This seven minute webinar will give you the basics of the test structure.
    • You have watched the Test Security webinar (also linked on the right side of this page under "DoE Webinars."  This discusses some of the important test security considerations that everyone involved in testing must consider.
    Test Security Agreements are due to the Central Office by the end of the day on Friday.  Links to the agreements (one for Test Administrators and Proctors and one for School Test Coordinators) are available in the right sidebar.

    Finally, the slideshow for my presentation on "Important Details in the Test Administration Manual" is embedded at the bottom of this page.
    Posted Mar 17, 2016, 5:40 AM by Geoff Cyr
  • Important MEA Updates, One Week Out
    We're just one week out from the start of MEA testing, and the DoE is piling on information about the assessment fast and furious.  Here is what you need to know.

    1. Test Administration Manuals

    The Test Administration manuals are now available for next week's assessments.  They are not quick and easy reads, but are required nonetheless.  You can access the TAMs on the left side of this page under "Quick Links."  Proctors should access the "Test Administration Manual," and School Test Coordinators should access the "School Test Coordinator Manual."  Reading the manuals must be done before signing the Test Security Agreement.

    Speaking of...

    2. Test Security

    Two updates on test security.  First, Measured Progress released a 10-or-so minute webinar discussing some details of test security measures during the MEA tests.  A link to the webinar is provided in the top-right corner of the MEA Assessment Portal.  Also in the top-right corner of the MEA Assessment Portal are Test Security Agreements (TSAs) that you must sign before administering or participating in the administering of the test in anyway.  There is a TSA for proctors and a TSA for School Test Coordinators.  Make sure you select the correct one before printing it off.  PLEASE NOTE:  Signing a TSA implies that you have read the Test Administration Manual, so please do so before turning in a signed agreement.

    Agreements should be turned into or routed to the Central Office before the end of the day on Friday, March 18th.

    3. Staff Meetings

    More information will be presented at your building's staff meetings this week.  We will be watching the Test Security webinar, discussing some of the more critical parts of the Test Administration Manual, and going over universal tools and accommodations.  Please bring your laptops with you to your staff meeting.
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 2:26 PM by Geoff Cyr
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Download, Print, and Sign your Test Security Agreement.  Agreements should be returned to the Central Office by Friday, March 18

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The  Test Essentials and Security webinars are required as part of your Test Security Agreement; the others are optional.


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