EKB(LEGAL) - TESTING PROGRAMS: STATE ASSESSMENT

State Assessment of Academic Skills

Limited English Proficient Students

Special Education

Military Dependents

  1. Exit or EOC exams required for graduation from the sending state;
  2. National norm-referenced achievement tests; or
  3. Alternative testing, in lieu of testing requirements for graduation in the receiving state.

Substitute Passing Standard

Administration

Schedule

Alternate Test Dates

  1. Inclement weather or natural disasters that would cause a district or campus to be closed or that would cause a small percentage of students to be in attendance on the day testing is scheduled;
  2. Health epidemics that result in a large number of students being absent on the day of testing;
  3. Death of a student or school official that may impact student performance; and
  4. Sudden emergencies that occur on the day of testing or shortly before testing that may inhibit students from completing the assessments, such as a fire on campus, a bomb threat, an extended power outage, or a water main break.

Notice to Parents and Students

  1. The testing requirements for grade advancement [see EIE] and the dates, times, and locations of testing. Notice of testing requirements shall be provided no later than the beginning of the student's kindergarten year, for students attending kindergarten in the district, and no later than the beginning of the student's first-grade year for all other students. The superintendent shall also provide such notice for students in grades 1–8 who are new to the district.
  2. The testing requirements for graduation and the dates, times, and locations of testing. Notice of testing requirements shall be provided no later than the beginning of the student's seventh-grade year. The superintendent shall also provide such notice for students in grades 7–12 who are new to the district. Notice of the dates, times, and locations of testing shall be provided to each student who will take the tests and to out-of-school individuals.

Testing inGrades 3–8

  1. Mathematics, annually in grades 3–8;
  2. Reading, annually in grades 3–8;
  3. Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7;
  4. Social studies in grade 8;
  5. Science in grades 5 and 8; and
  6. Any other subject and grade required by federal law.

Exception

  1. Is enrolled in a course or subject intended for students above the student's enrolled grade level and will be administered a grade-level assessment instrument developed under the list above that aligns with the curriculum for that course or subject within the same content area; or
  2. Is enrolled in a course for high school credit in a subject intended for students above the student's enrolled grade level and will be administered an EOC assessment instrument that aligns with the curriculum for that course or subject within the same content area.

Kindergarten Assessment

Prekindergarten Assessment

Accommodations

End-of-Course Assessments

Students Enrolled Below High School Level

Assessment Requirements for Graduation

Exceptions

English I or English II
  1. Achieved satisfactory performance on either the reading or writing EOC assessment for that course;
  2. Met at least the minimum score on the other EOC assessment for that course; and
  3. Achieved an overall scale score of 3750 or greater when the scale scores for reading and writing are combined for that course.
Credits Earned Prior to Enrollment

Substitute Assessments

  1. Was administered an approved substitute assessment for an equivalent course in which the student was enrolled;
  2. Received a satisfactory score on the substitute assessment as determined by the commissioner and provided in the chart at 19 Administrative Code 101.4002(b); and
  3. Using a TSI assessment also meets the additional criteria.

TSI Additional Criteria

  1. A student must have been enrolled in a college preparatory course for English language arts or mathematics and, in accordance with Education Code 39.025(a-1), have been administered an appropriate TSI assessment at the end of that course.
    1. A student under this provision who meets all three TSI English language arts score requirements provided in the chart at 19 Administrative Code 101.4002(b) satisfies both the English I and English II EOC assessment graduation requirements.
    2. A student under this provision may satisfy an assessment graduation requirement in such a manner regardless of previous performance on an Algebra I, English I, or English II EOC assessment.
  2. In accordance with Education Code 39.025(a-3), a student who has not been successful on the Algebra I or English II EOC assessment after retaking the assessment may use the corresponding TSI assessment in place of that EOC assessment.

Verification of Results

  1. Verify the student's score on the substitute assessment; and
  2. Determine whether the student met the performance standard required to qualify for a public high school diploma in Texas as established by the commissioner.

Satisfactory Performance

Individual Graduation Committee

Special Education

Credit by Examination

Additional State Assessments

Retakes

Reporting Results

To the Public

To the Board

To Parents, Students, and Teachers

Parents Right-to-Know Under ESEA

Parental Access

Out-of-State Transfers

Accelerated Instruction

College Readiness

  1. For students at the grade 12 level whose performance on:
    1. An EOC assessment instrument required under Education Code 39.023(c) does not meet college readiness standards; or
    2. Coursework, a college entrance examination, or an assessment instrument designated under Education Code 51.334(a) indicates that the student is not ready to perform entry-level college coursework; and
  2. To prepare students for success in entry-level college courses.

Faculty

Notice

Credit Earned

Dual Credit

Instructional Materials

Security and Confidentiality

  1. Implement and ensure compliance with state test administration procedures and training activities;
  2. Notify TEA as soon as the district becomes aware of any alleged or suspected violation of the security or confidential integrity of a test [see Violations, below];
  3. Report all confirmed testing violations to TEA within ten working days of the district becoming aware of the violation in accordance with the reporting process stipulated in the test administration materials;
  4. Ensure that the only individuals with access to secure test materials are district employees who have:
    1. Met the requirements to participate in the student assessment program;
    2. Received annual training in test security and test administration procedures; and
    3. Signed an oath affirming they understand their obligation to maintain and preserve the security and confidentiality of all state assessments and student information, acknowledge their responsibility to report any suspected testing violation, and are aware of the range of penalties that may result from a violation of test security and confidentiality or a departure from test administration procedures; and
  5. Ensure the security of the test materials as required by 19 Administrative Code 101.3031(a)(2)(E).

Violations

  1. Directly or indirectly assisting students with responses to test questions;
  2. Tampering with student responses;
  3. Falsifying holistic ratings or student responses;
  4. Viewing secure test content before, during, or after an administration unless specifically authorized by TEA or by the procedures outlined in the test administration materials;
  5. Discussing or disclosing secure test content or student responses;
  6. Scoring students' tests, either formally or informally;
  7. Duplicating, recording, or electronically capturing confidential test content unless specifically authorized by TEA or by the procedures outlined in the test administration materials;
  8. Responding to secure test questions;
  9. Fraudulently exempting or preventing a student from participating in the administration of a required state assessment;
  10. Receiving or providing unallowable assistance during calibration activities (e.g., taking notes, providing answer sheets, or sharing answers);
  11. Encouraging or assisting an individual to engage in the conduct described above or in any other serious violation of security and confidentiality;
  12. Failing to report to an appropriate authority that an individual has engaged or is suspected of engaging in the above conduct or in any other serious violation of security and confidentiality under this provision;
  13. Failing to implement sufficient procedures to prevent student cheating; and
  14. Failing to implement sufficient procedures to prevent alteration of test documents by anyone other than the student.

Consequences

  1. Invalidating student test results;
  2. Referring certified educators to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for sanctions in accordance with 19 Administrative Code Chapter 247 (Educators' Code of Ethics) and Chapter 249 (Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases); and
  3. Lowering the district's accreditation status or a district's or campus's accountability rating in accordance with Education Code 39.057(d), or appointment of a monitor, conservator, or management team to the district or charter school in accordance with Education Code Chapter 39A.

Test Administration Procedures

Records Retention

Disciplinary Action and Penalties

Minimize Disruptions

Confidentiality of Results

Sonora ISD

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UPDATE 114

DATE ISSUED: 10/28/2019