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new york state grade 4 elementary-level social studies test science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 written test performance test form a the university of the state of new york the state education department albany new york 12234 · www.nysed.gov

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the university of the state of new york regents of the university merryl h tisch chancellor b.a m.a ed.d milton l cofield vice chancellor b.s m.b.a ph.d saul b cohen b.a m.a ph.d james c dawson a.a b.a m.s ph.d robert m bennett chancellor emeritus b.a m.s anthony s bottar b.a j.d geraldine d chapey b.a m.a ed.d harry phillips 3rd b.a m.s.f.s joseph e bowman jr b.a m.l.s m.a m.ed ed.d james r tallon jr b.a m.a roger b tilles b.a j.d karen brooks hopkins b.a m.f.a charles r bendit b.a betty a rosa b.a m.s in ed m.ed ed.d lester w young jr b.s m.s ed d christine d cea b.a m.a ph.d wade s norwood b.a new york rochester new rochelle plattsburgh tonawanda syracuse belle harbor hartsdale albany binghamton great neck brooklyn manhattan bronx oakland gardens staten island rochester president of the university and commissioner of education dr david milton steiner senior deputy commissioner of education p­12 dr john b king jr assistant commissioner for standards assessment and reporting david abrams director office of state assessment steven e katz the state education department does not discriminate on the basis of age color religion creed disability marital status veteran status national origin race gender genetic predisposition or carrier status or sexual orientation in its educational programs services and activities portions of this publication can be made available in a variety of formats including braille large print or audio tape upon request inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the department s office for diversity ethics and access room 530 education building albany ny 12234 ii

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contents general features of the grade 4 elementary-level science test 1 information for school administrators 2 general information 2 test forms 2 administration schedule 2 students to be tested 2 testing accommodations 3 security of the tests 6 examination certificates 7 emergency supply of test materials 7 test preparations and other guidelines 8 administration of the tests 8 orientation of test administrators 8 preparation of students for testing 8 selecting the testing rooms 8 preparation of the testing rooms 9 supervision of students 9 security breaches administration and scoring irregularities and/or misadministrations 11 coding of invalid tests 12 scanning of machine scorable answer sheets 12 reporting test results on the grade 4 elementary-level science test 12 determining the need for academic intervention services 12 evaluating school results on the grade 4 elementary-level science test 13 recording test scores and storing student answer papers 13 individual student reports 13 review of answer papers by students and parents 13 online submission of teacher evaluations of the test to the department 13 return of tests and scoring materials to the department 14 department contacts 15 general test administration procedures 16 test materials 16 machine scoring of answer sheets 16 test administration time 17 administering and scoring the written test 18 detailed directions for administering the written test 18 scoring the written test 21 rating the written test part ii 21 organizing the rating process 22 administering and rating the performance test 23 preparation 23 preparing each station 26 iii

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detailed directions for administering the performance test 33 rating the performance test 37 organizing the rating process 37 finality of teacher scoring committee s scores 39 appendix i materials needed to administer the performance test form a 41 appendix ii comparison of possible performance test sites 43 appendix iii test administrator s record sheet 45 appendix iv station 3­ball and ramp place mat 48 appendix v examination storage certificate deputy and proctor certificate and examination scoring certificate 51 appendix vi information on ungraded students 59 appendix vii suppliers for grade 4 elementary-level science performance test kits 61 appendix viii performance levels chart 62 iv

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general features of the grade 4 elementary-level science test the regulations of the commissioner of education provide that an elementary-level science test is to be administered in grade 4 to serve as a basis for determining students needs for academic intervention services in science the grade 4 elementary-level science test is designed to measure the content and skills contained in the elementary-level science core curriculum grades k­4 the core curriculum is based on the new york state learning standards for mathematics science and technology elementary-level the grade 4 elementary-level science test consists of two required components a written test and a performance test the written test consists of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and requires about one hour to administer the performance test form a consists of hands-on tasks set up at three stations and requires about 75 minutes to administer the department establishes a state-designated level of performance to help schools identify students who must receive academic intervention services all students who earn a final score on this test in levels 1 or 2 must be provided such services which must commence in the semester immediately following the administration of the test see page 12 the first section of this manual contains information of special interest to administrators subsequent sections contain information on test preparations and other guidelines along with directions for administering and scoring the written and performance tests noteworthy detail to administer the grade 4 elementary-level science test all schools public nonpublic and charter must obtain answer sheets and scanning services from a regional information center ric or large-city school district and contract with that entity to report data to the student information repository system sirs grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 1

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information for school administrators general information all school personnel who will be involved in the administration and scoring of the grade 4 elementary-level science test should have a copy of and be familiar with the information in this manual the manual may be photocopied by the school as needed in addition please check the office of state assessment s web site periodically at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/elintsci.html schools may submit questions concerning the administration of the grade 4 elementary-level science test via e-mail to the office of state assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov pursuant to section 102.3 of the regulations of the commissioner of education building principals are responsible for administering department examinations and maintaining the integrity of examination content and programs in accordance with directions and procedures established by the commissioner test forms written test the written test booklet has two parts and should be administered in one sitting part i contains multiple-choice questions and part ii contains open-ended questions the test is not timed most students will complete the written test in approximately 45-60 minutes of working time in addition the test administrator will need approximately 15 minutes to give directions to students the department will provide a new form of the written test each year all schools must use an answer sheet developed by a regional information center ric or large-city scanning center students write their answers to the questions in part ii of the test in the test booklet performance test form a the performance test consists of tasks at three stations each station requires 15 minutes of testing time for a total testing time of 45 minutes plus the time needed to provide instructions to students and for students to move between stations allot at least 75 minutes for administration of the performance test the performance test is hand scorable only students write their answers to the questions in the performance test in the test booklet administration schedule the grade 4 elementary-level science performance test must be administered between may 24 2010 and june 3 2010 the specific dates when the test is administered are a local decision the written test must be administered on june 7 2010 students who are absent on the administration dates must be tested when they return to school but no later than june 3 for the performance test and no later than june 9 for the written test results for all students must be included on the reports submitted to the department students to be tested general education students except as noted below all public school students in grade 4 and all ungraded students who are age equivalent to students in grade 4 must take the grade 4 elementary-level science test this includes students who have been retained in grade 4 and grade 4 students who attend programs operated by the board of cooperative educational services boces as well as any other programs located outside the school nonpublic schools are strongly encouraged to administer state assessments to their students in accordance with these same provisions grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 2

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this test is part of the state s accountability system under the no child left behind act nclb the failure of a public school to administer this test and/or to report the test results to the department can have an impact on the school s accountability status the rules below pertaining to the inclusion in this test of english language learners and of students with disabilities apply to students in public and participating nonpublic schools english language learners all english language learners are required to participate in the grade 4 elementary-level science test english language learners may take the test either in an alternative language or in english whichever would be better for the student english language learners may also use both an english and an alternative language edition of the test simultaneously alternative language editions of the test are provided in chinese traditional haitian creole and spanish information about administering these translated editions is included on page 16 under test materials the test may be translated orally into other languages for those english language learners whose first language is one for which a written translation is not available from the department schools are permitted to offer english language learners specific testing accommodations when taking this test see page 5 students with disabilities the committee on special education cse must decide for each student with a disability on a case-by-case basis whether the student will be participating in the grade 4 elementary-level science test or will not be participating in this assessment because the student will be participating in the new york state alternate assessment nysaa for students with severe disabilities the cse s decision must be documented on the student s individualized education program iep the criteria that the cse must use to determine a student s eligibility to participate in the nysaa are available at the web site http www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/alterassessment/home.html the grade 4 elementary-level science test answer sheets for students participating in the nysaa should be coded as eligible for the alternate assessment when determining which students will be participating in this test be sure to consider those students with disabilities who attend programs operated by the boces as well as any other programs located outside the school for students who are ungraded see appendix vi to ascertain the appropriate grade-level tests to administer medically excused a student may be medically excused from testing if documentation from a medical practitioner is obtained and kept on file at the school indicating that the student is too incapacitated to test at the school at home or in a medical setting testing accommodations students who incur disabilities shortly before test administration principals may provide accommodations when testing general education students who incur an injury e.g broken arm or experience the onset of either a short or long-term disability either cognitive or physical within 30 days prior to test administration eligibility for such accommodations is based on the principal s professional judgment the principal may confer with cse/504 multidisciplinary team members the school physician or other school personnel in making such a determination these accommodations must not significantly change the constructs/student skills being tested and are limited to the following · · extending the time limit for a test administering the test in a special location 3 grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010

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· · recording the student s answers in any manner and reading the test to a student only for students whose vision is impaired prior permission need not be obtained from the department for the principal to authorize these testing accommodations for general education students however a full written report concerning each authorization must be sent to the office of state assessment via fax to 518-474-1989 the report must be on school letterhead must be signed by the principal and must include the following information · the name of the student · the title of the test · a brief description of the student s injury or disability and · a listing of the accommodations that were authorized by the principal if the student is expected to continue to need testing accommodations the principal must immediately make the appropriate referral for the development of an iep or a section 504 accommodation plan 504 plan students with disabilities in general students with disabilities must be provided with the testing accommodations specified in their ieps or 504 plans when taking this test it is the principal s responsibility to ensure that this occurs and that those staff who will be providing these testing accommodations are appropriately trained please advise proctors to become familiar with the accommodations specific to the particular test being administered as explained on pages 3 and 4 in this manual only those testing accommodations that do not alter the constructs measured by the test are permitted on elementary and intermediate-level state assessments students who have been declassified may continue to be provided testing accommodations if recommended by the local cse at the time of declassification and it is written in the student s declassification iep plan all necessary arrangements for implementing testing accommodations well in advance of the test dates the department s office of vocational and educational services for individuals with disabilities vesid provides more information on test access and accommodations for students with disabilities on its web site http www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/testaccess/policyguide.htm you may contact that office via e-mail to vesidspe@mail.nysed.gov if you have questions on this topic for which you are unable to find answers on the web site use of scribes or tape recorders and large-type or braille editions instead of using a scribe the department encourages the use of a word processor with dictionary disabled as most students have some experience with computers and word processing allows the student more control over his or her environment fosters independence and is less labor-intensive than using a scribe however the use of scribes and the use of tape recorders are allowable accommodations for the grade 4 elementary-level science test note the following procedures for scribing · the scribe must record word-for-word what the student dictates or records · · · the scribe must use lined paper and must write on every other line the student must read the complete dictation/transcription and indicate on the skipped lines any further changes to be transcribed the scribe must then transfer the student s completed response into the test book exactly as dictated or recorded and should attach the lined paper with the student s dictation to the back of the test booklet preferably by stapling to ensure against the student s response being lost 4 grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010

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for students who use large-type or braille editions of the tests or large-type answer sheets teachers should transcribe the students responses onto regular test answer sheets and test books exactly as dictated or recorded format changes any format changes to the test to be made by the school such as the re-spacing of questions enlargement beyond the standard large-type edition provided colorization etc must receive prior written approval from the department note that the reformatting of state assessments may never change the wording of questions nor may additional examples be included in order for the department to process requests for reformatting by the school requests for approval should be submitted to the office of state assessment at least one week before the first scheduled date of the test administration requests should include a letter from the school signed by the school principal each request must include the portion of the student s iep in which the type of reformatting is listed or defined requests may be faxed to 518-474-1989 department approvals will be provided by fax however regardless of approval under no circumstances may the shrink-wrapped test packages of state assessments be opened prior to the morning of the day that the test is to be administered in the school english language learners schools may provide the following testing accommodations to english language learners · time extension schools may extend the test time for english language learners principals may use any reasonable extensions such as time and a half the required testing time plus one-half of that amount of time in accordance with their best judgment about the needs of the english language learners principals should consult with each student s classroom teacher in making these determinations separate location schools are encouraged to provide optimal testing environments and facilities for all students they may administer state tests to english language learners individually or in small groups in a separate location bilingual dictionaries and glossaries english language learners may use bilingual dictionaries and glossaries when taking this test the bilingual dictionaries and glossaries may provide only direct translations of words bilingual dictionaries or glossaries that provide definitions or explanations are not permitted translated editions english language learners may be provided with a translated edition of the grade 4 science test this test is available in chinese traditional haitian creole and spanish in addition english language learners may use an english and an alternative language edition of this test simultaneously however they should be instructed to record all of their responses in only one of the two editions the alternative language edition used by the student should be indicated on the student s answer sheet oral translation for lower incidence languages schools may provide english language learners with an oral translation of this test when there is no translated edition provided by the department all translations must be oral direct translations of the english edition written translations are not allowed no clarifications or explanations may be provided translators should receive copies of the english edition of the test one hour prior to administration the department s office of bilingual education and foreign language studies telephone 518-474-8775 and the bilingual/esl technical assistance centers betacs can assist schools in locating suitable translators a list of betacs is available at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/biling/bilinged 5 · · · · grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010

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writing responses in the native language english language learners making use of alternative language editions or of oral translations of this test may write their responses to the open-ended questions in their native language scoring the tests is the responsibility of the school however the department s office of bilingual education and foreign language studies and the betacs can assist schools in locating persons who can translate the students responses into english to facilitate scoring of the answer papers former english language learners schools may provide the testing accommodations listed above under the heading english language learners only to those former english language learners who were identified as english language proficient based on their scores on one of the two most recent administrations of the new york state english as a second language achievement test nyseslat either spring 2008 or spring 2009 these accommodations may not be provided to former english language learners who were identified as english language proficient prior to the 2008 nyseslat administration for each english language learner or eligible former english language learner darken the circles on the answer sheet under the heading ell accommodations to indicate the testing accommodations provided security of the tests prior to testing secure test materials will arrive about one week before testing at the secure facility designated by the principal via the online examination request system prior to these delivery dates the principal should make arrangements to be notified when the test materials arrive safeguarding test materials the sealed packages of secure test materials must be stored in a secure place at the location indicated on the examination storage plan submitted to the department as soon as practical after delivery an inventory of the test materials must be conducted the sealed packages of secure test materials must be replaced inside the secure location immediately after the inventory is completed the school principal must notify the department in writing via fax at 518-474-1989 if any of the packages of secure test materials are not properly sealed when received do not remove the sealed packages of secure materials for the test from the secure location except for the inventory the sealed packages of secure test booklets may not be opened until the test administration date and then just early enough to permit the distribution of booklets prior to the scheduled starting time all written test booklets both used and unused all scoring keys and rating guides and all student answer sheets must be held secure from the date the school receives its shipment of examination materials through june 9 while schools may score the student answer papers before the end of this period caution raters not to discuss the test content and rating criteria except during scoring sessions once the department designated test administration period has ended the written test materials are no longer considered secure all performance test materials must be held secure except during the actual administration and scoring of the performance test the same performance test form a will be administered for several years all performance test materials except used student answer booklets are to be returned to the department · grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 6

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to preserve the integrity of the test materials advise all teachers administering and scoring this test that they are not to discuss test questions or other specific test content online via e-mail or listserv or through any other electronic means examination certificates the examination storage certificate the deputy and proctor certificate and the new examination scoring certificate must be completed and signed by all of the appropriate parties following the administration and scoring of the performance test and again following the administration and scoring of the written test both sets of signed certificates must be retained in the school s files for one year copies of these certificates can be found in appendix v the examination scoring certificate may be copied and must be completed for each examination administered all scorers for each examination are required to sign this form to indicate compliance with all scoring procedures as outlined in the information booklet for scoring the directions for administering and scoring and the scoring keys and rating guides for each examination emergency supply of test materials all shipments of secure test materials should be inventoried immediately after delivery and before being placed in secure storage after taking inventory 1 if you determine that an item or items are missing from your shipment that are listed on your shipping notice circle the items and quantity that are missing on the notice and fax the corrected shipping notice to the department s operations group at 518-474-2021 no cover sheet is necessary the missing items will be sent to your school s storage site 2 if you require items that were not originally requested or items necessary to accommodate students whose needs you were not previously aware of contact the department s operations group by calling 518-474-8220 under the direction of the operations group contact your regional center to arrange pickup of test materials please note that only grades 4 and 8 science written tests will be sent to regional centers performance test materials will not be sent to regional centers only to schools · before sending an official school representative to pick up the emergency supply of materials contact the official in charge of your regional center information on regional centers is available at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/elintgen.html the official school representative picking up secure examination material must present to the regional center official a photo id and a letter of authorization signed by the principal listing the materials to be picked up this letter authorizing the school representative to pick up test materials must be written on school stationery note secure materials can be obtained from the regional center only on the day that they will be administered the school representative must countersign the authorization letter and leave it with the regional center official before the emergency supply of materials can be released · · grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 7

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test preparations and other guidelines administration of the tests to ensure that the grade 4 elementary-level science test provides an accurate measure of student achievement both students and teachers should be properly prepared for its administration this manual provides recommendations for preparing students to take the tests school personnel who administer the written and performance tests must be familiar with the test materials and the directions for administration provided in this manual orientation of test administrators everyone who will be administering the tests should become familiar with the detailed directions for administering the tests which are provided in this manual the manual for administrators and teachers is not secure copies of this publication should be distributed to teachers in advance of the administration dates so they may familiarize themselves with the procedures for administering the test schools may make photocopies of this publication if necessary it can also be found at the department s web site at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa in addition schedule an orientation prior to the testing dates to enable test administrators to become adequately prepared the orientation should include direct hands-on experience with the performance test if the test administrators have not had previous experience with that component of the test your regional boces or large-city central office may provide assistance for conducting such orientation sessions note regarding test security allow access to the performance test materials only to those who are scheduled to administer the performance test conduct the orientation or rate the test these materials must remain under strict security conditions at all times to preclude access to the test materials by students and other unauthorized persons assembling the test materials assemble all test materials at least one day before the test administration except for the test booklets for the written test and the performance test the scoring keys and the rating guides preparation of students for testing the administration of the test should be announced to students before the date that the test is scheduled to be administered all announcements should be made in such a way as to increase the students interest in the test without causing them to become overly anxious in addition parents should be informed of the dates of testing and the purpose of the tests parents should be asked to encourage students to do their best on the test and to ensure that students are well rested on the days of testing each student should be familiar with the general types of questions on the test and the procedures that they should follow when recording the answers to the test questions the previous editions of the test that feature questions similar to those that will be on this year s test may be accessed on the department s web site at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa selecting the testing rooms arrangements for administering the tests should interfere as little as possible with the normal school routine the written test may be administered in the students regular classroom or classes may be arranged into smaller or larger groups at the convenience of the school the performance test need only be set up in one location for buildings with more than one class of grade 4 students classes grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 8

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should cycle through the testing area one at a time suggestions for selecting an appropriate testing site for the performance test are in the section of this manual entitled administering and rating the performance test pages 24­25 and in appendix ii preparation of the testing rooms the rooms in which the tests are administered should be well lighted well ventilated and quiet make preparations before the testing period to keep noise and other distractions to a minimum place a do not disturb sign on the door to prevent interruptions if tests are to be administered in a classroom clear desks and shelves under the desks of all books papers and other materials completely cover or remove from the walls all charts and blank or completed graphic organizers pertinent to science and all board work make arrangements in advance to seat the students so that each student will be clearly visible to the proctor at all times and so that there will be the least possible opportunity for any communication between students seating of students in alternate rows is recommended supervision of students unauthorized materials students should be under close supervision at all times during the administration of the tests and may not use any unauthorized notes printed materials tools or electronic devices that might give them an unfair advantage on the tests when students enter the testing room proctors must ensure that students do not bring any unauthorized materials such as those listed above students should be informed that they may not use cell phones or other communication devices during the test these must be turned off and put away before the test booklets are handed out use of a cell phone during testing invalidates a student s test regardless of the content of the communication such student s test result must be reported as administrative error aid to students no one under any circumstances may interpret or explain test questions to students nor may anyone review or comment on the answer sheet of a student while the test is in progress in response to inquiries by students concerning the meaning or interpretation of test questions proctors should advise students to use their own best judgment teachers may give students assistance only in the mechanics of taking the tests such as understanding where to record their responses temporary absence from testing room no student may be permitted to leave and then return to the testing room during any part of the test unless the student is accompanied by a proctor for the duration of his or her absence from the testing room emergency evacuation of a school building evacuation of a school building during a test may be required because of an emergency such as a fire alarm or bomb threat in any situation in which the safety of the students is endangered the principal has full authority to interrupt the test immediately if it is possible the students should be kept under supervision during the emergency since the performance test is timed if work can be resumed following evacuation then students may make up the remaining time so that they will have the allotted time on the test note that the written test is not timed following the test a written report of the circumstances should be faxed to the office of state assessment see security breaches administration and scoring irregularities and/or misadministrations on pages 11-12 grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 9

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student cheating do not permit students to obtain information from or give information to other students in any way during the test if you suspect that such an attempt has occurred warn the students that any further attempts will result in the termination of their tests if necessary move the students to another location if these steps fail to end attempts to obtain or give information notify the principal immediately and terminate the students tests at the conclusion of the test all suspected cheating must be reported to the principal if in the judgment of the principal a student has attempted to give aid to or obtain aid from another person during the test the principal must follow the school s disciplinary procedure for student cheating and invalidate the student s test score reports will not be produced for invalidated tests when reporting student assessment data to the department under such circumstances the principal must report the student s test results as administrative error with an assessment standard met code of 97 in the sirs illness if a student becomes ill during a part of the test the student should be excused until he or she is well enough to continue for the performance test the principal should estimate the time that the student had remaining to complete that part of the test when the student is well enough to complete the test and as long as the testing or makeup period has not ended the student may be given the remaining time for that part for the written test the student should be given the time needed to complete the test when the student goes back to finish the test the student must be closely supervised so that he or she does not go back to previously finished questions on the test students absent on the test day plan to administer the test at a later date during the test administration or make-up period to all students who were absent when the test was initially given do not involve these students in any classroom discussions about the test prior to the time they take it proctoring proctors must circulate periodically around the room during the administration of each session of the test to ensure that students are recording their responses to test questions in the proper manner while circulating around the room proctors should point out to students if they have left one or more answers blank if they have darkened more than one circle for the same multiple-choice question or if they do not appear to be recording their answers in the proper place on the answer sheet for multiplechoice questions or in the test book for open-ended questions however proctors may not comment to the student on the correctness or sufficiency of any answer students must not be given help in interpreting any test questions they should be advised to independently answer test questions according to their best judgment proctors must limit any testrelated assistance to students to that required in the mechanics of taking the test such as filling out the headings on the answer sheet and the answer booklets and understanding where to record their answers grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010 10

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no one under any circumstances including the student may alter the student s responses on the test once the student has handed in his or her test materials teachers and administrators who engage in inappropriate conduct with respect to administering and scoring state examinations may be subject to disciplinary actions in accordance with sections 3020 and 3020-a of education law or to action against their certification pursuant to part 83 of the regulations of the commissioner of education security breaches administration and scoring irregularities and/or misadministrations pursuant to section 102.3 of the regulations of the commissioner of education building principals are responsible for administering department examinations and maintaining the integrity of examination content and programs in accordance with directions and procedures established by the commissioner accordingly the building principal is responsible for all aspects of the school s test administration and must take appropriate measures both to prevent as much as possible and to investigate all security breaches and irregularities associated with the administration and scoring of the test in addition the principal must report such events in writing to the office of state assessment within 24 hours by faxing a description of the incident to 518-474-1989 the fax must be written on school letterhead and signed by the building principal security breaches and testing irregularities include but are not limited to the situations listed below · any instance occurring prior to during or after testing where it has been determined that students teachers administrators or paraprofessionals have had access to the specific contents of a test prior to the administration of the test all suspected or confirmed cases of teachers administrators or paraprofessionals giving aid or impromptu lessons on specific test content to students immediately before or during the test all instances of teachers administrators or paraprofessionals altering student responses to test questions all instances of teachers administrators or paraprofessionals providing students with unauthorized/inappropriate testing accommodations or tools all instances of teachers administrators or paraprofessionals not providing students with the accommodations specified in their iep or 504 plans all instances of teachers administrators or paraprofessionals providing students with other nonstandard test administrations unrelated to cheating all cases in which a school official does not adhere to the department policy concerning the finality of examination scores as determined by the teacher scoring committees see finality of teacher scoring committee s scores on page 39 all student use of cell phones and other communications devices during the test all confirmed cases of student cheating all interruptions of testing sessions including those caused by power outages or fire alarms all instances in which the test was administered without department authorization on a day outside the published statewide administration or makeup schedule 11 · · · · · · · · · · grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2010

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