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Achievement test- Preparation, Supervising test

DURING THE TEST – IT IS INAPPROPRIATE AND UNETHICAL TO

  1. Read any parts of the test to students except where indicated in the directions.
  2. Define or pronounce words used in the test.
  3. Make comments of any kind during the test, including remarks about quality or quantity of student work, unless specifically called for in the administration manual.
  4. Give “special help” of any kind to students taking the test.
  5. Suggest or “coach” students to mark or change their answers in any way.
  6. Exclude eligible students from taking the test.
  7. Reproduce test documents for any purpose.

AFTER THE TEST – IT IS INAPPROPRIATE AND UNETHICAL TO:

  1. Make inaccurate reports, unsubstantiated claims, inappropriate interpretations, or otherwise false and misleading statements about assessment results.
  2. Erase or change student answers.

ON THE TEST DAY

On the morning of each test, please collect all materials required for the testing session early. Check that you have sufficient books and equipment and understand all procedures.

PREPARING FOR THE TESTS

Preparation of classrooms

Arrange seating so that students cannot copy from each other.

Any posters, displays or teaching materials that might help students to answer questions should be covered, reversed or removed from the room while the students are doing the test.

The following items must not be used as they will interfere with the validity of the test or the scanning of the test books. Please ensure that these items are not on any student’s desk:

  • dictionaries
  • coloured pens or pencils
  • mechanical lead pencils such as Pacers
  • felt pens
  • highlighters
  • correction fluid such as White-Out
  • glue
  • reusable adhesive such as Blue Tack
  • mobile phones

DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS

You should be ready for distribution of the required number of

  • personalised test books (named) for students in your class or group
  • non-personalised test books for students for whom there is no book printed with their name
  • the relevant stimulus materials (Reading and Writing tests only)
  • blank paper for the Writing test
  • blank paper for the Numeracy test.

STUDENT MATERIALS

During the tests, each student will need to have

  • pencils (supplied with the test materials)
  • an eraser
  • a sharpener
  • Some quiet activity to go on with if they finish early.

SUPERVISING THE TESTING SESSION

ASSISTING STUDENTS

It is expected that professional and ethical behaviour will be demonstrated regarding all aspects of the test administration. Any help with answering questions for a student that advantages them in any way will be considered cheating.

IN ALL TESTS, YOU MAY ASSIST A STUDENT BY

  • Reading and clarifying general instructions
  • Reminding students of the response types, e.g. Shade a bubble
  • advising students to leave a question about which they are unsure and to move on to another question
  • advising students to return to any unanswered questions if there is time at the end
  • providing students with general encouragement to continue.

YOU MUST NOT PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE IN ANY TEST

  • give hints or examples
  • explain, paraphrase or interpret questions
  • indicate to students whether answers are correct or incorrect
  • remind students about related work completed in class
  • provide extra time.

DURING THE LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS TEST, YOU MUST NOT

  • read or sound out the spelling items to the students
  • read any test questions
  • write any spelling words for students, on the board or elsewhere.

DURING THE WRITING TEST, YOU MUST NOT

  • discuss the writing test
  • provide any structure or content, whether orally or in writing
  • prompt or write for a student.

DURING THE READING TEST, YOU MUST NOT

  • read anything from the magazine
  • read any test questions.

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