Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) Frequently Asked Questions


2013-2014

Oklahoma State Department of Education Student Assessment

 

Contents by section:

  1. Requirements of the OSTP
  2. Test Administration—Grades 3-8
  3. Test Administration—End-of-Instruction (EOI)
  4. Special Education Testing
  5. Online Testing
  6. General Questions
  7. Demographics
  8. Test Security and Confidentiality
  9. Contact Information


     


Section I. Requirements
 

What types of assessments are included in the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)?

In an attempt to meet the needs of the students of the state of Oklahoma, the OSTP encompasses two different assessment types.

The first is the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT), which is intended for the majority of the students. This assessment is given to regular education students, students who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan, and English Language Learners (ELL). It may be given either with or without approved accommodations.

The second is the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP), which is a portfolio assessment. This assessment is intended for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. It may be given only to students who are on an IEP and who meet the specified criteria on the Updated Criteria Checklist, which is available on the state Web site. The Special Education Department oversees the implementation of this assessment.

The Oklahoma Modified Alternate Assessment Program (OMAAP) is no longer available for IEP students in grades 3-8 and may only be administered at the End-of-Instruction level for IEP students who are 2nd Time Testers with a previous score. This assessment is no longer used for accountability but can be used to meet a graduation testing requirement to show proficiency or to apply a Modified Proficiency Score.

What are the requirements of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)?

Oklahoma state tests are used to assess student achievement; target student, classroom, and program improvement; and inform parents of student progress. The administration of the OCCT and OAAP tests fulfills federal and state mandates for testing math, reading, and science are used for federal accountability. The scope and general administration of the OSTP is outlined in state law, 70 O.S. § 1210.505. Rules that govern the specifics of test administration and other details are available under Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 210:10-13.

Oklahoma public schools administer the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) in Grades 3 through 8 and after completion of specific high school courses. All state tests are aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

For the OCCT, Reading and Math tests are administered in Grades 3-8; Science, U.S. History, and Writing are given in Grade 5; Geography is given in Grade 7; and Science, U.S. History and Writing are given in Grade 8. ACE English II, ACE English III, ACE Algebra I, ACE Algebra II, ACE Geometry, ACE Biology I, and ACE U.S. History are given as End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests in high school.

The Department of Special Education oversees the implementation of the OAAP, or Portfolio assessment, which includes all of the Grades 3-8 content areas and End-of-Instruction for Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English II, English III, Biology I, and U.S. History.

Though schools and teachers should be remediating students who are not mastering grade level skills as part of their routine duties, the ACE legislation formally began requiring remediation for students not scoring Proficient/Satisfactory in Grade 7 Reading and Math beginning with 2006-2007 results, and in Grade 8 Reading and Math beginning with 2007-2008 results. ACE legislation further requires students, beginning with the incoming freshman class of 2008-2009, to score Proficient or better on the ACE Algebra I and ACE English II and two of the other five EOI tests (or alternate tests approved by the State Board of Education) as part of their graduation requirements. ACE law further stipulates that students who do not score at least at the Proficient/Satisfactory level on the EOI tests, shall be offered remediation and the opportunity to retake each test until a proficient score is obtained.

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Section II. Test Administration— OCCT Grades 3-8

 

Who is the testing company for the general assessment in the Grades 3-8 program?

CTB/McGraw-Hill is the vendor for the OCCT Grades 3-8 testing.

Do Grade 3 students use separate answer documents for recording their answers?

No, the third grade Reading and Mathematics tests are consumable booklets; students mark answers in their test booklets, and the entire booklets are scanned during scoring. Students may mark or highlight passages and test questions in the consumable booklets but must be careful that no stray marks appear around the item response bubbles within the test item boxes. Stray marks around the response bubbles may interfere with scoring.

Do the multiple-choice tests in Grades 3-8 include or allow section breaks?

Tests in Grades 3-5 include a section break that allows the test to be given on one day (with lunch or other break between sections) or on two consecutive days during the testing window. The tests in Grades 6-8 do not include a section break, and each test is administered in a single testing session online.

Which tests are schools required to administer online?

Online assessments include Grade 6 Mathematics and Reading, Grade 7 Mathematics, Reading, and Geography, and Grade 8 Mathematics and Reading. A paper/pencil version of these tests may be given if a student has an IEP, a 504 Plan, or has an ELL accommodation that an online test cannot furnish.

How many writing prompts are administered in Grades 5 and 8?

In February 2014, Grades 5 and 8 will have one writing prompt which the students must respond. The prompt is dually aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Writing. Students will first read a selected passage set and will then respond to a question that relates to both passages. Students may be asked to write to one of three modes of writing: a narrative text, an informative text, or an opinion in Grade 5/argument in Grade 8 basing their writing on text-based evidence using details, events, and/or experiences.

What is the date for administering the Grades 5 and 8 Writing tests?
The statewide Writing date is Wednesday, February 26, 2014. All students in attendance should be administered the prompt on this day.  For students who are absent, a make-up test may be administered through Friday, March 7, 2014.
What is the testing window for Grades 3-8 testing for Spring 2014?

The Grades 3-8 testing window is Thursday, April 10 through Friday, May 2, for paper/pencil tests. The online testing window is extended to Wednesday, May 7, for flexibility in scheduling computer time for the Grade 6 Mathematics and Reading, Grade 7 Mathematics, Reading,  and Geography, and Grade 8 Mathematics and Reading tests.

How many times may a student retest in Grades 3 – 8?

Retests are only allowed if a student is retained. The student can then participate in the test a second time, but this second score is used only for the growth component of the Report Card.

Can a student retake the Grade 8 Reading test in order to get a driver’s license?

No, a student may not retake the Grade 8 Reading test to meet this requirement. A list of alternate assessments for this requirement is available on the SDE Web site.

How does the change to the social studies standards affect testing this year?

Students will take an operational test this year in Grade 5 U.S. History and Grade 8 U.S. History. Standard settings for all three tests will be conducted in Summer 2014. Scores will be delayed. Students in Grade 7 Geography will not have an operational test this year but instead will participate in Oklahoma item tryouts. 

 

 

 

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Section III. Test Administration—OCCT End-of-Instruction (EOI)

 

Who is the testing company for the OCCT EOI testing program?

The testing vendor for the OCCT EOI program is CTB/McGraw-Hill.

What are the EOI testing windows for 2013-2014?

The window for the Winter/Trimester OCCT Online Optional Retest Window is Monday, November 18, 2013 – Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The testing window for Winter 2013/2014 is Monday, December 2, 2013 - Friday, December 20, 2013, with the Writing test on Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Winter EOI online testing is extended to Friday, January 10, 2014. The testing window for Trimester 2014 is Monday, January 20, 2014 - Friday, February 7, 2014, with the online testing extended to Friday, February 14. The Writing test for the Trimester window is Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014. The window for the Spring OCCT Online Optional Retest Window is Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 11, 2014.  The Spring window for paper/pencil tests is Monday, April 14 - Friday, May 2, 2014. EOI OCCT online testing is extended to Friday, May 9. The statewide ACE English II and ACE English III Writing dates are Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, 2014.The testing window for Summer 2014 is Monday, June 2, 2014 - Friday, August 1, 2014, with no set date for the Writing test.

Which content areas are tested for EOI?

Seven EOI tests are administered: ACE Algebra I, ACE Algebra II, ACE Geometry, ACE English II, ACE English III, ACE Biology I, and ACE U.S. History. These tests are administered online, with the exception of the Writing portions of ACE English II and ACE English III, which are administered in a paper/pencil format.

How many prompts will be administered this year?

Winter/Trimester and Spring will have one Writing prompt which will be used for scoring.

If a student is absent during the statewide Writing days of the ACE English II and ACE English III Writing prompts, will he/she be allowed to make up the test?

If students are absent on the designated Writing test dates, they must take the Writing portion of the test within the paper/pencil testing window upon their return to school. There is no set statewide Writing date for the Summer administration, as summer school schedules vary across the state.

How is the Writing portion of the ACE English II and ACE English III test scored?

The Writing test is one portion of the ACE English II and ACE English III test. Each writing response receives two types of scores. First, a series of analytic scores focus on specific writing traits. These traits receive scores of 1-4. Next, a composite score is derived by providing a differential weight or percentage to the score in each of the analytic traits and applying a formula to obtain the final Writing score, which ranges from 1 to 6 for ACE English II and from 1 to 10 for ACE English III. Condition codes are used if the student’s writing response is unscorable. Students do not receive separate ACE English II and ACE English III Writing reports; the results are reported with the multiple-choice results.

How many days is the complete ACE English II and ACE English III test administration?

ACE English II and ACE English III should be administered over two or three days in Winter/Trimester and Summer and three to four days in Spring.  The ACE English II and ACE English III paper/pencil prompt must be administered on one of the designated days unless a student is absent. Then, that student will need to take the Writing test upon return to school within the testing window. Multiple-choice sections  may be administered any day (both on the same day or each on consecutive days) within the testing window and given in sequential order. The paper/pencil Writing portion of ACE English II and ACE English III does not have to be given before the multiple-choice portions.

What is included in sections of the ACE English II and the ACE English III test?

The ACE English II and ACE English III tests contain a paper/pencil writing prompt and two sections of online multiple-choice items.

If a student takes summer school on an EOI tested subject, does he/she take the test in the next testing window?

Summer administrations are available for students who complete courses during summer school or who need retest. If the student does not finish the coursework in time to take the summer administration, he/she will take the test in the next available testing window. Even if a school does not offer summer school, the school will need to utilize the summer testing window for students who require retests.

If a student transfers into an Oklahoma public school from a private school or from out of state, and has already taken certain EOI courses, is the student required to take the EOI exams for those courses?

Beginning with the entering freshman class of the 2008-2009 school year, students may demonstrate mastery in required subjects in the following ways:

- Submit documentation of proficiency on an equivalent state end-of-instruction test in the state in which instruction was received.
- Attain at least a Proficient score on an Oklahoma EOI test.
- Meet the approved level of proficiency on an alternate test.
- Demonstrate mastery through an end of course project.

If an Oklahoma student does not receive a Proficient score, what are the options for retesting?
  • Step One: Students will be provided remediation opportunities and will either:
    • Retake the EOI test; or
    • Score Satisfactory/Proficient on a State Board of Education approved alternate test which can be taken prior to or subsequent to the EOI test.
  • Step Two: Students who do not achieve a Satisfactory or Proficient score through Step One will continue to receive remediation opportunities and will either:
    • Retake EOI test; or
    • Score Satisfactory or Proficient on a State Board of Education approved alternate test; or
    • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter through an end of course project designed by the State Department of Education (SDE) and approved by the State Board of Education using rubrics approved by the State Board of Education.
  • Students who do not meet the graduation requirements through Step Two may repeat Step Two as necessary.
What is the ELL testing accommodation that allows a read-aloud on the English II EOI?

ELL students who have lived in the United States less than three (3) years prior to their proposed graduation date are allowed to retake the English II EOI with all regularly available accommodations and the additional accommodation of the passages and test items being read aloud in English contingent on the following conditions: (1) The student has already taken the English II EOI and scored Limited Knowledge or Unsatisfactory. (2) The student has participated in remediation as provided or approved by the local school district. (3) The student has a passing grade in the English II course. (4) The read-aloud accommodation is normally employed as part of classroom instruction on a regular basis.

What constitutes Full Academic Year (FAY) with regard to EOI testing?

A student is considered FAY for EOI testing if he/she has been continuously enrolled beginning within the first 10 days of the school year and has not experienced an enrollment lapse of ten or more consecutive school days.

In order to graduate from high school, do students have to take all seven EOI tests?

Students must take all EOI exams for which they have completed coursework within the state unless qualifying for an exemption. Beginning with the incoming freshman of 2008-2009, students are required to pass four of seven tests in order to graduate. Two of the four tests required are the ACE Algebra I and ACE English II tests.

Can students testing in certain subjects be exempt from taking an EOI at the end of the course?

According to new legislation, students who score ten percent (10%) above the cut scores approved by the State Board of Education for the ACT, SAT, ACT PLAN, or PSAT alternate tests shall be deemed to have satisfactorily demonstrated mastery of the state academic content standards in the subject areas for which alternative tests have been approved and shall be exempt from taking the EOI tests in the subject areas of Algebra II, English III, Geometry, or U.S. History. Likewise, students who have a score that is equal to or above the cut scores approved by the State Board of Education for the Advanced Placement course exams, ACT Workkeys, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) alternate tests shall be deemed to have satisfactorily demonstrated mastery of the state academic content standards in the subject areas for which alternative tests have been approved and shall be exempt from taking the EOI tests in the subject areas of Algebra II, English III, Geometry, or U.S. History.

Is the district required to track students’ mastery of the ACE EOI tests?

Yes, districts will track all EOI performance levels on students’ transcripts and maintain an ACE Demonstration of Mastery Cumulative Record for students who meet the testing requirements using alternate tests and methods. All school districts shall use this cumulative record uniform document or all information required on this document must be contained within the district’s student information system. The cumulative record will accompany students when transferring to new districts. For each student who meets the graduation requirements, the student’s transcript will read:  This student has met the graduation requirement of demonstrating mastery in the state academic content standards.

 

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Section IV. Special Education Testing Requirements

Who is the testing vendor for special education alternate assessments?

The testing vendor for the Oklahoma Modified Alternate Assessment Program (OMAAP) EOI for 2nd time testers with a previous score is CTB/McGraw-Hill and is maintained by the Office of Accountability and Assessments at the State Department of Education.  The testing vendor for the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) is Pearson and is maintained by the Office of Special Education Services.

Are special education students required to take state tests?

Yes, all special education students are required to participate in state testing according to No Child Left Behind.

What testing options are available for special education students?

Though all students with disabilities must be tested in the OSTP, Oklahoma offers two options to assess individual students most appropriately. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may qualify for the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) Portfolio assessment, an alternate way to assess progress according to alternate grade-level standards. Students who do not qualify for the OAAP must participate in the regular state test. Whichever assessment option is chosen for a particular student, it must be documented in his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP) prior to being administered an assessment.

How should IEP teams decide whether the OCCT, the OMAAP, or the OAAP, is the appropriate assessment for a student with a disability?

IEP teams are required to use the Oklahoma Criteria Checklist for Assessing Students with Disabilities to determine the assessment that is most appropriate for an individual student. IEP teams must make assessment decisions annually and for each tested subject separately.

Are accommodations available to students who take the OAAP?

No. The OAAP or Portfolio assessment is an individualized assessment comprised of student work accumulated throughout the school year, so no assessment accommodations are necessary.

Are accommodations available to students who take the OCCT?

Yes, students may use approved state accommodations listed in Appendix B in the Test Preparation Manual or the Test Administrators Manual. These accommodations must be documented on the student's IEP.

How should an IEP team determine a Modified Proficiency Score on the state End-of-Instruction assessment(s)?

Students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) may demonstrate mastery in required subject areas through a Modified Proficiency Score on the state assessment(s) as established by the IEP team. In order to apply a Modified Proficiency Score, all of the following must be considered:  (1) The student has a passing grade in the end of instruction course for which the IEP team is considering a modified score. (2) The student has met the district's attendance requirements. (3) The student has displayed progress in the end of instruction exam from the previous attempt at the same exam. (4) The IEP team recommends the student for graduation. Progress is defined as an increase in performance score on the same type of assessment and must be an improvement over the initial test score of the student.  There is no specified amount of progress that must be demonstrated. The IEP team should determine the appropriate amount of progress for the individual child in order to state that the child has demonstrated mastery in the required subject areas.

How should testing deviations from the standard conditions, accommodations, or proficiency score on the state assessments be established for a student on an IEP?

Any deviation from the standard condition must be established on the student’s IEP and recorded on the student’s cumulative record. Beginning with the 2011 – 2012 school year, districts will report to the SDE, by school site, the number of students issued standard diplomas based on a Modified Proficiency Score.

Are Modified assessments available in versions to accommodate visually impaired students?

One of the modifications for the Modified assessment is the use of a slightly larger font size than that on the regular assessment; however, the Modified assessments are available in both large-print and Braille, for EOI 2nd time testers with a previous score.

Are OAAP or Portfolio assessments available in versions to accommodate visually impaired students?

Yes. Because the OAAP or Portfolio assessment is an individualized assessment comprised of student work accumulated throughout the school year, a student with a visual impairment would complete the components utilizing large-print or Braille materials as needed.

Are OAAP or Portfolio assessments required to be given online?

No. Because the OAAP or Portfolio assessment is an individualized assessment comprised of student work accumulated throughout the school year, there is no online testing requirement.

When is the testing window for EOI Modified assessments for 2nd Time Testers with a previous score.?

The testing windows for Modified assessments for EOI courses, will mirror the paper and pencil test windows for the general assessments.

For EOI Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and U.S. History, the windows are as follows:

  • The Winter testing window is Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 20, 2013 with the Writing test on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 10-11, 2013.
  • The Trimester testing window is Monday, January 20 - Friday, February 7, 2014 with the Writing test on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28-29, 2014.
  • The Spring testing window is Monday, April 14 - Friday, May 2, 2014. The statewide English II Writing dates are Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, 2014.
  • The testing window for Summer is Monday, June 2 - Friday, August 1, 2014, with no set date for the Writing test.
When is the submission window for OAAP or Portfolio assessments?

Please check submission dates with the Office of Special Education.

How does a school make the decision of which test is most appropriate for a special education student?

Eligibility criteria checklists are available on the State Department of Education Web site to guide the IEP team’s decisions. Decisions must be made for each student on an IEP. The decision must be made for each subject area in which the student is required to test.

Are alternate Writing tests available for special education students?

For students who participate in the OAAP, Writing is assessed within the Portfolio test content. For 2nd Time Testers with a previous score participating in Modified assessments for English II, the Writing portion has been modified. The scoring rubric for the Writing portion of the English II Modified assessment has also been modified for these students.

How does the 1% cap, with regard to special education testing, affect our schools and districts?

Districts and IEP teams are advised to appropriately assess each special education student in their program, regardless of a cap. The federal cap is applied by district and state, with 1% reserved for use of the OAAP.  Thia cap does NOT refer to the number or percentage of students who can participate in these options. (The cap reflects the percentage of the entire tested student population, not just of the special education student population.) More information regarding the federal cap and details on how the cap affects accountability are available on the Office of Accountability and Assessments Web site.

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Section V. Online Testing

 

What assessments are required to be administered online?

Students are required to take the following assessments online: OCCT Grade 6 Reading and Mathematics, Grade 7 Reading, Mathematics, and Geography, Grade 8 Reading and Mathematics, and all OCCT End-of-Instruction assessments.

Are there any exceptions?

The Writing portions of the ACE English II and ACE English III assessments are given only in a pencil/paper format. Only students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or an ELL student requiring an accommodation that an online test cannot access are allowed to take the OCCT Grade 6 Reading and Mathematics, Grade 7 Reading, Mathematics, and Geography, Grade 8 Reading and Mathematics, or OCCT EOI assessments in a paper/pencil format.

What are the systems requirements for online testing for CTB/McGraw-Hill?

The systems requirements for online testing will be available on the SDE and CTB Web sites.

Will technical trainings be available for setting up computer labs for online testing?

Yes, CTB will conduct these trainings through Web Ex teleconferences and regional site trainings.

Will online administration trainings be available before testing?

Yes, CTB will conduct these trainings through Web Ex teleconferences and regional site trainings.

What if something, such as a power outage or tornado warning, occurs during online testing?

Test administrators may continue the test if the interruption lasts for less than 20 minutes and if the students are kept in a secure testing environment (e.g., no talking allowed). If a testing interruption lasts for more than 20 minutes or if a secure testing environment is not maintained during the interruption, the tests must be invalidated and Equivalent tests ordered and administered. Call the SDE, (405) 521-3341, for further directions as needed.

Can a student who needs a read-aloud accommodation test online?

Yes, a student who needs a read-aloud accommodation may test online using headphones or if the computer is in an isolated place, a test administrator with a test monitor present can read the test over the student’s shoulder. An audio function is available for the OCCT Grade 6 Mathematics, OCCT Grade 7 Mathematics and Geography, and Grade 8 Mathematics assessments as well as for OCCT ACE Algebra I, ACE Algebra II, ACE Geometry, ACE Biology I, and ACE U.S. History assessments.

Is the Writing assessment given online?

No, Writing assessments are given only in a paper/pencil format.

Can students taking online assessments use scratch paper?

Yes, students are allowed to have scratch paper available for all online assessments. The scratch paper must be collected by the test administrator as soon as the student completes the test and returned to the Building Test Coordinator. The Building Test Coordinator is responsible for destroying all scratch paper. This should be done without looking at what the student has written on the scratch paper.

Can students taking math and science assessments use a calculator?

The approved calculator policies are available on the SDE Web site and in the back of the testing manuals. For Grades 3-8 Mathematics, a basic four function calculator may only be used as an accommodation as well as Grade 8 Science.  For the EOI Mathematics and Biology I assessments, approved calculators may be used by all students on all sections of the tests. Additionally, calculators are available as online tools during the EOI tests. For the ACE Biology I, ACE Algebra I, and ACE Geometry, a scientific calculator is available; for ACE Algebra II, both a scientific calculator and a graphing calculator are available.

What tools are available for the online assessments?

Several tools are available for the online assessments. Online assessments have these tools available: help feature, mark for review, chooser/cursor, highlighter, eraser, eliminate choice/striker, and click to enlarge. The OCCT EOI Biology I and EOI
Mathematics assessments have online calculators available (scientific calculator for ACE Biology I, ACE Algebra I, and ACE Geometry; scientific calculator and graphing calculator for ACE Algebra II).

Are there online practice tests available?

Online practice tests are available for each online assessment. Practice tests for the Grades 6-8 and EOI assessments are available throughout each administrations.  Directions for accessing the online practice tests are on the SDE and CTB Web sites.

Will students receive an immediate score?

Yes, students testing online receive an immediate raw score for all content areas. For EOI Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Biology I, students will also receive a performance level.

 

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Section VI. General Questions

 

Are students in their first year of entering the United States required to take state tests?

Students entering the United States and going to public schools for the first year are required to take the English Proficiency exam and any applicable state tests in subjects other than Reading/Writing. Students may be exempt from the Grades 3-8 Reading test, Grades 5 and 8 Writing test, as well as the EOI English II and ACE English III test if they have tested into the ELL category.

Are the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT), including the Writing tests, timed?

No. These criterion-referenced tests are not strictly timed. Approximate times are included in the manuals for scheduling and planning purposes; however, students must be given the opportunity to complete the assessments, even if actual testing times are greater than those given for scheduling purposes.

Do schools have to go in the order of the Test Administration Manual as far as test sequence and time schedule?

Test sections (e.g., Sections 1, 2, and 3) within a single subject area test MUST be administered in sequential order. The one exception, however, is Section 1, Writing, for English II and ACE English III, which must be administered on the set Writing dates. Sections 2 and 3 of English II and ACE English III must be administered in order, but may be given before or after Section 1, Writing.

Is there a separate testing window for junior high schools on block schedules?

For Grades 3-8 testing, test administrations must occur during the regular Grades 3-8 testing window. However, block schedule junior high schools testing EOI subjects should  administer EOI tests in the Winter/Block Window for students finishing courses at the end of the first semester or Spring Window for students completing instruction at the end of the second semester.

Does a student make up a test if he/she is absent?

A student can make up a test during the testing window only if he/she is absent. The school should administer the regular test received for that student following all the necessary procedures for administration and test security.

Can a student make-up the Grades 5, 8, ACE English II, and ACE English III Writing if he/she is absent?

Grades 5 and 8 Writing tests may be made up through Friday, March 7, 2014. The ACE English II and ACE English III tests are required for graduation. The Writing portion of these assessments is included as part of the overall score, so students must take the Section 1 Writing portion upon their return to school as long as it is within the paper/pencil testing window.

Can students who finish the test early leave the room?

Students who finish the test may leave the room when they finish if it does not cause a disruption to other students taking the test.

What are condition codes, with regard to Writing tests?

A condition code is assigned if the writing response is illegible, incomprehensible, off-topic, written in a language other than English, or there is no response at all. For grades 5 and 8, student responses receiving an unscorable condition code will count in the Unsatisfactory performance level.

When should a student’s test be invalidated?

Tests can be invalidated for a number of reasons, including cheating, not completing a test a student has begun because of illness or other reason, test security or administration procedures not followed, etc. Reasons for testing invalidations are provided in the Test Preparation Manual. Schools must obtain permission from the Office of Accountability and Assessments before any invalidations can occur.

What is the procedure for invalidating tests?

Schools must contact the Office of Accountability and Assessments immediately and explain the situation. Requests for invalidations must be submitted through the Testing Status Application located on the District Reporting Site. Depending on the reason for invalidations, schools must document and submit reasons for the invalidation requests, evidence (if applicable), and any measures for preventing the error in the future (if applicable). After the invalidation has been approved, the testing company will then rush any approved Equivalent test forms to the school for administration. Equivalent tests must be administered in the testing window.

Can students use a pen on state tests?

The student must fill out the demographic sheet and answer document with a #2 pencil as required. If a pen is used, the scanner will not pick it up, and it will be scored as Unsatisfactory.

Can students use highlighters in their testing books during the tests?

Yes, students can use highlighters in all Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests and Oklahoma Modified Alternate Assessment Program tests. Special care should be taken when marking in the OCCT Grade 3 or all EOI OMAAP booklets. Students may mark or highlight passages and test questions in the consumable booklets but must be careful that no stray marks appear around the item response bubbles within the test item boxes. Stray marks around the response bubbles may interfere with scoring.

What Performance Levels are considered passing?

Each assessment has four Performance Levels. A Performance Level of Proficient/Satisfactory or Advanced is considered passing.

What if a student refuses to test?

Oklahoma law state that tests shall be administered to every student enrolled in a tested grade in the public schools of Oklahoma. If a student is in school when the test is given or is in attendance during any part of the testing window, the school is required to attempt to test the student. If a student refuses to complete a test or take part in testing, the school must still send in the student's blank answer document for scoring.

Are there sample items to help students prepare for the state tests?

Multiple-choice sample items can be found on the state Web site under Accountability and Assessments and clicking on the Test Support link.

 

 

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Section VII. Demographics

 

How is coding ethnicity/race different this year?

States and districts are required to follow the standards in collecting individual-level ethnicity and race data and in reporting aggregated data to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The standards separate ethnicity and race into two categories. A two-part question is mandatory, with the ethnicity part asked first.

  • Ethnicity (Choose one):
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Not Hispanic/Latino
  • Race (Choose one or more, regardless of ethnicity):
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Asian
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • Black or African American
    • White
Can all three bubbles be marked on the ―Non-Full Academic Year section of the demographic page?

Only one bubble needs to be marked to reflect the NFAY level of the student.

What is the definition of Full Academic Year (FAY)?

A student is considered Full Academic Year (FAY) for a particular exam if s/he has been continuously enrolled from the first day of October to the time of the test administration and has not experienced an enrollment lapse (dropped from enrollment) of 10 or more consecutive school days through out that timeframe. Please note that depending on when tests are administered, it is possible for a student to be FAY for some exams but not others. Students who are not FAY are considered NFAY for either the site, district or state. Students who are “NFAY site” are students who do not qualify for FAY status at the site level but do qualify within the district. Students who are “NFAY district” are students who do not qualify for FAY status at the site or district level but do qualify within the state. Finally, students who are “NFAY state” are students who do not qualify for FAY status at the site, district or state level.

Is regular foster care or therapeutic foster care considered ―Other Placement?

No.

What is the definition of ―Other Placement?

This applies if a student from outside of your district has been placed by state or court order in a facility within your district. When tested by your district, these students will receive an individual Parent/Student Report of their scores and will appear on class/school lists. However, their scores will not be summarized and reported with the class, school, or district. Instead, they will be placed within a ―virtual district at the state level, and the state will be accountable.

How are students moving from one school to another in the grade progression (i.e., ―feeder schools or transitional grades) viewed with regard to Full Academic Year (FAY) status?

Transitional grades are logical grade level progressions that move a student from one school to the next within the same district. FAY for these transitional grade levels is measured from the first day of school.

When is it necessary to notify the Office of Accountability and Assessments to request permission for special programs or not tested codes?

It is necessary to request permission for Other Placement, Emergency Exempt, ELL 1st Year in U.S. Exempt, and Invalidations through the Testing Status Application located on the District Reporting Site. If permission is not received, the tests will be scored.

Does the "Free and Reduced" box on the demographic sheet have to be filled out on every student in a Title I school?

Yes, all districts and all schools will must mark the box on every applicable student, regardless of school Title I status.

Will precode be available from the testing company?

Precode is required for all assessments. Precode information for Grades 3-8 will be collected from the WAVE. For EOI, a Precode file will be submitted by the district to CTB during the specified precode windows.

Can districts make corrections to student demographic information online?

Students that participate in an online assessment can have their demographic information updated through the CTB Online Assessment System during the testing windows or through the Post Code Corrections after the testing windows have closed. Paper/pencil testers can only have their information updated during Post Code Corrections.

When do you mark a student ―2nd time test opportunity for an EOI test?

Students who were previously enrolled in an assessed subject and did not take the state test at that time because of absence or for any other reason are considered as students who have had their first opportunity to take the test. When those students do take the test to fulfill graduation requirements, they would be marked as ―2nd time test opportunity.

Also, students who are retaking an assessed subject and students opting to retake an EOI test in any subject would be considered ―2nd time testers. If the student is taking a required test for the third time or beyond as a graduation requirement, the student should be marked as ―2nd time test opportunity.

I have a student who transferred in from another district. The student’s transcript shows completion of an EOI course, but there is no indication that the student took the EOI assessment for that subject. Does the student have to be tested for graduation requirements?

If the completed course showing on the transcript is Algebra I, English II, or Biology I, then the student must take the assessment. For Algebra II, Geometry, English III, or U.S. History the student must either take the test or be eligible for an exemption from the test due to an approved score or a state approved alternate test.

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Section VIII. Test Security and Confidentiality


What is a Test Preparation In-service?

Test Preparation In-services are provided by State Department of Education personnel in October and November for Winter/Trimester and Spring test administrations. All aspects of state testing are discussed, including updates to testing for the current year, ordering tests, administration, shipping and receiving, confidentiality and security, scoring, and reporting. In-services are provided at many locations in the state, and by videoconference as well, giving school and district faculty several options for convenient attendance. It is mandatory for District and Building Test Coordinators (DTCs and BTCs) to attend a Test Preparation In-service every school year.

Who should be present during test administration?

One certified test administrator and one adult proctor approved by the principal are required to be in the classroom at all times during testing. The proctor must be 18 years or older and have graduated from high school. The State Department of Education recommends one monitor for every 25 - 35 students. Violation of this test security requirement is very serious and would automatically result in invalidation of all students’ tests. Do not administer any portion of any state test without the appropriate personnel present.

Can a small group of students be moved to another room to finish their tests?

Yes, they can be moved to another room in order to finish their tests as long as there is a test administrator and monitor present and all other security measures are taken.

Section IX. Contact Information: Office of Accountability and Assessments (405) 521-3341

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Last updated on June 3, 2014