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Folsom Cordova USD |  BP  6162.54  Instruction

Test Integrity/Test Preparation   

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The Governing Board desires to protect the integrity of student assessments in order to obtain accurate and reliable student achievement data and to ensure accountability to the community and state. Students and staff shall maintain a high level of integrity in the completion and handling of student assessments.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.1/4319.21 Professional Standards)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

In administering standardized tests, staff shall not engage in any acts that could result in the invalidation of test results, such as:

1. Provide inappropriate test preparation

2. Modify test administration procedures, except as allowed by law

3. Provide inappropriate assistance to students during test administration

4. Change or fill in answers on student answer sheets

5. Provide inaccurate data on student header sheets

6. Discourage or exclude certain students from taking the test

7. Engage in any other practice to artificially raise student scores without actually improving underlying student achievement

Appropriate Test Preparation

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The Superintendent or designee, principals, and teachers shall not implement any program of specific preparation for the statewide student assessment program or a particular test used within that program. (Education Code 60611)

The primary preparation for assessments shall be high-quality instruction in the content specified in state and district academic standards. In addition, staff may prepare students for assessments by teaching general test-taking strategies and familiarizing them with item types or the computer-based testing environment used in state assessments.

Investigation and Consequences of Testing Irregularities

Reports of student cheating on assessments shall be submitted to the principal or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall immediately investigate with due diligence any reports of inappropriate test preparation or other testing irregularities.

Students found to have cheated on assessments shall be subject to disciplinary procedures in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulations.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

A staff member found to have committed testing irregularities shall be subject to discipline in accordance with law, where applicable, collective bargaining agreements, Board policy, and administrative regulations.

(cf. 4117.4 - Dismissal)

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

If the Superintendent or designee is made aware of a testing irregularity on state assessments, he/she shall report the irregularity to the California Department of Education.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

60611 Inappropriate test preparation

60640-60649 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

60850-60859 California High School Exit Examination

GOVERNMENT CODE

54957 Complaints against employees, closed session

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

850-864 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

1200-1225 California High School Exit Examination, especially:

1220 Cheating on the high school exit examination

Management Resources:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Guidelines on Academic Preparation for State Assessments, December 2009

WEB SITES:

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: http://www.smarterbalanced.org

Policy FOLSOM CORDOVA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April, 2014 Folsom, California

revised: November 20, 2014