ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : LS-06-044

Date Created : 11/04/2005

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: Test Coordinators

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
2006 District Test Coordinator Training

Regulatory Authority:
A.C. A. 6-15-437

Contact Person:
Donna Wolfe, Sheryl Norwood

Phone Number:
501-682-4559

E-mail:
dwolfe@arkedu.k12.ar.us

Regional training meetings are scheduled for testing coordinators for Benchmark, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Grade 11 Literacy Exam, and End of Course Exams both mid-year and spring. The superintendent, test coordinator, principal, or a designee is required by regulation to attend the all-day session. [Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) 5.05.1 and 5.05.2.] Please see the attached schedule to attend the meeting that is most convenient. In the event of inclement weather, plan to attend the next available scheduled workshop.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:00 a.m.

TRAINING SESSION BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 8:30 a.m.

Any district failing to attend this required training in whole or in part will be montiored by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) throughout the testing period.

The ADE will visit a random selection of school districts during the testing schedule. Monitors will verify testing procedures and will discuss ideas and suggestions regarding the assessments.

Security is a significant issue for the Benchmark, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Grade 11 Literacy and End of Course Exams. District personnel are not permitted to read test items or student responses. TO DO SO IS A BREACH OF SECURITY. There is an alert process for any open-ended response that indicates a potential problem for example, criminal activity. The ADE will notify the district superintendent if such a response occurs.

Please stress the importance of following all testing and security requirements for these examinations. The ADE will investigate any testing irregularity or breach of security in any administration of the Benchmark, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Grade 11 Literacy, and End of Course Exams.

When problems or questions arise during the testing period, contact Dr. Gayle Potter, Associate Director, Curriculum, Assessment, and Research at 501-682-4558 (telephone), 501-682-4886 (fax), or email gpotter@arkedu.k12.ar.us

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