A (Salt Lake) tribune reporter was allowed to enter a testing session and take pictures. This has resulted in the loss of many testing items and the release of individual student data. Please remind all of your educators that no one is allowed in a testing session (not reporters, not parents, not interested persons, not interested educators). Secure testing is for students and proctors only. This situation is a violation of the security of the testing environment and questions.
This breech of test security violates:
- Utah Code 63G-2-305(5), which protects “test questions and answers to be used in future license, certification, registration, employment, or academic examinations”;
- Utah Code 53A-1-603(4)(b) (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include statewide uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
- Utah Code 53A-1-608(2) School district employees who administer the test shall follow the standardization procedures in the publisher’s test administration manual and any additional specific instructions developed by the State Board of Education.
- R277-404-6 Assessment Requirements, Protocols and Security
- Board approved Testing Ethics Policy http://schools.utah.gov/assessment/Testing-Director-Resources/TestingEthicsPolicy04012014.aspx
- Copyright of the passages
This results in wasted taxpayer dollars as the prompts are no longer valid, and must now be eliminated from the test and replaced. Please remind your educators and administrators that proctor tests that they are responsible for state law and testing ethics.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Judy W. Park, Ed.D.
Utah State Office of Education
Student Services and Federal Programs