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Assessment Integrity and Security
The Primary goal of assessment security is to protect the integrity of the assessment and to ensure that results are accurate and meaningful. The Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability has developed Assessment Security Goals for the State of Michigan System.
- To provide secure assessments that result in valid and reliable scores
- To adhere to high processional test administration and security standards
- To maintain consistency across all testing occasions and sites (i.e., students and schools)
- To promote the investments of resources, time, and energy
OEAA Assessment Integrity and Security Practices
Based upon the Assessment Security Goals listed above, the OEAA has developed an assessment security system that focuses on the following areas:
- Prevention - standards and best practices for the test integrity and security aspects of the design, development, operation, and administration of state assessments, both paper/pencil and online test administrations, to prevent irregularities from occurring
- Detection - guidelines for assessment monitoring, reporting, and working with the OEAA when irregularities are found
- Investigations - guidelines for the state and local educational agency working together to investigate irregularities
- Remediation - guidelines for working with the OEAA to resolve irregularities and to ensure valid results for all students
Assessment Security and Test Administration Monitoring
Each year test administrators are monitored by the OEAA to help protect the integrity of state assessments. The types of monitoring conducted include:
- Allegation Report Monitoring
- Data Forensic Analysis
- Incident Report Monitoring
- Missing Material Monitoring
- Off-site Test Administration Monitoring
- Social Media Monitoring
- Supports and Accommodations Usage
- Test Administration Observations
Descriptions of each type of Monitoring can be found with the Assessment Integrity Guide.
Assessment Security Documents
- Assessment Integrity Guide - guidelines to be followed to assist school staff to securely administer state assessments and have a common understanding of appropriate practices
- Security Compliance Form - required to be signed each year by all staff participating in test administration of any and all state assessments. The completed forms must be retained by the building/district for 3 years
- Electronic Device Policy, 2022-23
Assessment Security Planning Documents
- Testing Schedule Template - Use this template to create and document your testing schedules. Testing Schedules must be documented each year.
- Material Storage and Chain of Custody Form - Use this form to document your internal material storage procedures as well as the chain of custody process you will use before, during, and after testing.
- Supports and Accommodations Plans and Procedures - Use this form to document your district/building plans and procedures around providing needed supports and accommodations for students on the state assessments.
- Incident Reporting Plans and Procedures - Use this form to document your district/building plans and procedures for filing incident reports to report irregularities before, during, and after testing.
- Testing Staff and Verification of Training - Use this form to document the test administration and test security training that staff receive before administering the assessments.
- Observation Checklist - Use this observation checklist to complete your internal monitoring of test administration observations.
Assessment Security Training
- Assessment Security Training Modules
All staff members who participate in the administration of a state assessment must be fully trained in assessment security each year.
District/Building Assessment Coordinator Training Requirements:
Test Administrators/Room Supervisors/ Proctors/ Training Requirements:
Technology Coordinators and Other Staff (anyone who will handle or have access to secure materials) Training Requirements:
Allegation Reporting Resources
- To report cheating and unethical behavior by a district or school regarding state assessments call 877-560-8378, select option 1 or complete the online Complaint or Allegation of Misadministration form.
- Districts or schools wishing to report a testing irregularity or misadministration involving M-STEP, WIDA Access for ELLs, MI-Access, and Early Literacy and Mathematics (K-2) must complete the Incident Report on the OEAA Secure Site.