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  • New York State Testing Program

    Grades 38 English Language Arts Tests

    School Administrators

    Manual

    2011 Edition

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Regents of The University

    MERRYL H. TISCH, Chancellor, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. .................................................. New York MILTON L. COFIELD, Vice Chancellor, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. ..................................... Rochester ROBERT M. BENNETT, Chancellor Emeritus, B.A., M.S. ......................................... Tonawanda JAMES C. DAWSON, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. ........................................................... Plattsburgh ANTHONY S. BOTTAR, B.A., J.D. ............................................................................ Syracuse GERALDINE D. CHAPEY, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. ............................................................. Belle Harbor HARRY PHILLIPS, 3rd, B.A., M.S.F.S. ..................................................................... Hartsdale JAMES R. TALLON, JR., B.A., M.A. .......................................................................... Binghamton ROGER B. TILLES, B.A., J.D. ................................................................................... Great Neck KAREN BROOKS HOPKINS, B.A., M.F.A. ................................................................. Brooklyn CHARLES R. BENDIT, B.A. ...................................................................................... Manhattan BETTY A. ROSA, B.A., M.S. in Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D. ................................................... Bronx LESTER W. YOUNG, JR., B.S., M.S., Ed. D. ............................................................. Oakland Gardens CHRISTINE D. CEA, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ..................................................................... Staten Island WADE S. NORWOOD, B.A. ...................................................................................... Rochester President of the University and Commissioner of Education DR. DAVID MILTON STEINER Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education, P12 DR. JOHN B. KING, JR. Assistant Commissioner of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration DAVID ABRAMS Director of State Assessment STEVEN E. KATZ The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities. Portions of this publication can be made available in a variety of formats, including braille, large print or audio tape, upon request. Inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Departments Office of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration.

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  • Table of Contents General Features of the Grades 38 English Language Arts Tests............................................. 1

    Students to Be Tested....................................................................................................................... 3

    Testing Accommodations ................................................................................................................ 4 Students Who Incur Disabilities Shortly Before Test Administration .................................. 4 Students with Disabilities ...................................................................................................... 4 Use of Scribes or Tape Recorders and Large-Type or Braille Editions ............................... 4 Accommodations Specific to the English Language Arts Tests ........................................... 5 English Language Learners.................................................................................................... 6 Former English Language Learners....................................................................................... 7

    Safeguarding Test Materials ........................................................................................................... 8 Prior to Testing ...................................................................................................................... 8 Following Testing .................................................................................................................. 8

    Test Preparation and Other Guidelines......................................................................................... 10 Preparation of Students for Testing ....................................................................................... 10 Preparation of the Testing Room(s)....................................................................................... 10 Supervision of Students ......................................................................................................... 10 Determining the Need for Academic Intervention Services .................................................. 12 Recording and Maintaining Test Scores and Test Books, and Storing Answer Sheets......... 12 Individual Student Reports .................................................................................................... 12 Review of Test Books and Answer Sheets by Students and Parents..................................... 12

    Before Testing................................................................................................................................... 13 Receiving and Inventorying Test Materials........................................................................... 13 Emergency Supply of Test Materials..................................................................................... 14 Preparing Test Materials ........................................................................................................ 14 Assembling and Distributing Test Materials ......................................................................... 15

    Test Materials................................................................................................................................... 16

    Makeup Testing................................................................................................................................ 18

    Preparing Test Materials for Scoring ............................................................................................ 19 Instructions for Organizing Materials for Return to the School Administrator..................... 19 Administrators Instructions for Collecting, Storing, and Organizing Test Materials .......... 19 Preparing Test Materials for Processing ................................................................................ 20

    Planning the Scoring OperationsScoring Constructed-Response Questions ......................... 22 Scoring Options ..................................................................................................................... 22 Scoring Models ...................................................................................................................... 22 Responsibilities of Person Supervising Scoring Operations.................................................. 23 Selecting and Assigning Teachers for the Scoring Committees............................................ 23 Training Scorers..................................................................................................................... 24 Assigning Scorer Numbers and Questions to Scoring Committee Members ........................ 24 Estimated Time Needed for Scoring...................................................................................... 25 Scoring Room ........................................................................................................................ 25 Scoring Supplies .................................................................................................................... 25

  • Operations/Logistics for Scoring the Short- and Extended-Response Questions ...................... 26 Preliminary Procedures for Scoring Test Materials............................................................... 26 Checking in Test Materials .................................................................................................... 27 Randomizing and Building Test Book Folders/Boxes .......................................................... 27 Staging Test Books for Scoring ............................................................................................. 28 Processing Test Books During Scoring ................................................................................. 28 Read-Behinds......................................................................................................................... 29 Scoring Helpline .................................................................................................................... 29

    Follow-Up Operations for Scoring Short- and Extended-Response Questions ......................... 30 No Double Scoring ................................................................................................................ 30 Quali

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