Test Integrity/Test Preparation


Test Integrity

In the administration of standardized tests, staff shall not:

  1. provide inappropriate test preparation;

  2. modify test administration procedures;

  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; or

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

Preparation for State Tests

Staff may prepare students for assessments by providing instruction in the content specified in State and District academic standards and teaching general test-taking skills that are applicable to any test or test format.

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)

Practice tests provided by the publisher of the State achievement test may be used for the limited purpose of familiarizing students with the use of scannable test booklets or answer sheets and the format of test items. No alternate or parallel form of the test shall be administered or used. (5 CCR 854)

Staff shall not conduct reviews or drills that use actual test items or identical format items of State assessments, use copies of tests from previous years, or review test-specific curriculum content with students before administration of the test. In addition, test preparation materials or strategies developed for a specific test, including but not limited to, published materials, materials available on the Internet, and materials developed by schools, districts, county offices of education or outside consultants, are prohibited.

Investigation and Consequences of Testing Irregularities

Reports of student cheating on assessments shall be submitted to the principal or designee for investigation. Students found to have cheated on assessments shall be subject to disciplinary procedures in accordance with Board policy.

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

The Superintendent or designee shall immediately investigate with due diligence any reports of inappropriate test preparation or other testing irregularities.

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.

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