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Recommendations for Best Test Practices

Introduction

1. The availability of test data is important to improve instruction, identify the needs of individuals students, _______________________, and help all students reach high levels of achievement.

A. Provide practical classroom strategies

B. Determine curriculum needs

C. Implement target interventions

D. Evaluate school performance


Establish A Healthy Testing Culture

2. Experts recommend preventing cheating from occurring during test taking by creating a culture in which tests are focused on the students and integrity is ingrained in the school district's culture.

A. True

B. False


Train and Certify Principals and Teachers in Administering and Interpreting Academic Assessments

3. Many states do not require principals and teachers to be qualified in administering assessments, and this lack of training leads to a distrust of testing and a misunderstanding about the reliability and validity of standardized testing in general.

A. True

B. False


4. Which of the following is NOT recommended as a means to enhance testing integrity?

A. Administer tests in controlled environments that limit access to curricular materials, resources, and other visuals that could aid students

B. Establish and monitor the chain of custody, and retain tight control over testing materials to prevent tampering

C. Remove testing materials from the testing location immediately and score the off-site

D. Keep testing windows long in order to lessen the pressure on teachers and to give all students the opportunity to test


Section II-Detection and Analysis of Irregularities in Academic Testing

5. The most common cause of irregularities prior to testing is improper proctor preparation due to lack of training.

A. True

B. False


6. Statistical analysis methods are not recommended to identify post administration test irregularities because they are very expensive and can only effectively cover small testing populations.

A. True

B. False


7. In order to determine if there are unusually common response patterns across students within the same class, ______________________ is recommended.

A. Item-response pattern analysis

B. Ratio analysis

C. Record result analysis

D. Summation of scores analysis


Section III-Response and Investigation of Alleged and/or Actual Testing Irregularities

8. Resources should be directed toward the prevention of cheating rather than investigation and remediation, as responding to allegations of systematic cheating is tremendously costly and can potentially destroy a school district's credibility.

A. True

B. False


Establish a Standard or Trigger for an Investigation

9. When allegations or reports of cheating are the result of hearsay or gossip, school officials should acknowledge the report but should not initiate an investigation until the evidence is more concrete.

A. True

B. False


Transparency Can Help Restore Credibility in the Wake of an Investigation

10. Well conducted investigations are designed to catch offenders for wrong doing, but also to:

A. Restore credibility

B. Deter future acts of cheating

C. Protect educators and children

D. All of the above


Section IV-Testing Integrity Practices and Procedures for Online and Technology-Based Assessments

11. While using computer based testing (CBT) may reduce or eliminate some test security threats that are inherent in paper and pencil tests, it may also provide students and adults with the platform to widely and rapidly disseminate knowledge about test items.

A. True

B. False


12. Practices for CBT include each of the following EXCEPT:

A. Conducting CBT only in secure classrooms or computer labs

B. Supervising tests access through the use of secure student log-in identifiers or serial numbers

C. Providing an expert to train school personnel on specific safety and accountability features

D. Limiting or disabling computer applications, such as spell-check, calculators, and other tools


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