Test Security

Test Security Affidavit Guidance for the ELPAC

This page will provide guidance for TEs regarding the Test Security Affidavit. It covers information for both the ELPAC and CAASPP, which includes ELA, mathematics, science, and Spanish assessments. This information is to be used only when an assessment is administered remotely. There is no additional guidance for assessments administered in person. (The CAA, which is also administered by a TE, is not administered remotely, so it is not part of this guidance.)

The TE for the ELPAC is a role assigned in TOMS. Please note that all TEs must sign the Test Security Affidavit that is presented in TOMS the first time they log on. TEs should work to follow all the requirements listed in the affidavit.

It is understood that remote testing will bring challenges when it comes to test security. TEs will be working to assess students in a fashion that removes some of the ability to monitor what students are doing during testing. The information that follows outlines expectations:

  1. During test sessions, the TE should select the video conferencing application that best allows them to view the student video continually during testing to monitor students.
  2. It is expected that the TE will monitor students to the best of their ability during any test session. They should watch for any signs of outside assistance being given to the student. If noticed, the TE will use the video conferencing tools to attempt to end any interactions between the student and others. If it does not stop, the TE will pause the student from the assessment and contact the site testing coordinator. Please note that because of individual distance learning conditions, a student might have others in the same room while testing. This is not a security issue as long as others are not interacting with the student, looking at the test screens, or assisting the student in any way.
  3. It is expected that the TE will look for signs of unauthorized technology being used during the assessment. If noticed, the TE will use the communication tools available to them to direct a student to shut down the unauthorized technology. If it does not stop, the TE will pause the student from the assessment and contact the site testing coordinator.
  4. The TE will not share SSIDs with students in a way that would allow for another student to hear or see the given SSID. SSIDs should be shared with students through the methods described on the SSID web page.
  5. At the end of a test session, the TE will ask all students to show any used scratch paper on camera. The students should then be instructed to tear up all scratch paper while still on camera.
  6. All TEs should watch the remote testing videos available on the Videos and Quick Reference Guides web page.
  7. Unlike assessments given at the school site, TEs will have less control over the actions of the students and those in the same location as the student. The CDE is asking that TEs control the test security to the best of their ability. It is expected that any issues or events that the TE feels deviates from standard security should be reported. TEs will not be held responsible for any incident outside of their control during testing.

STAIRS Common Scenarios for Remote Testing

Table 1 presents the directions for common remote testing scenarios in STAIRS.

Table 1. STAIRS Common Scenarios for Remote Testing

Testing Scenario STAIRS Directions
A parent/guardian or another individual enters the room while the student is testing. The parent/guardian does not interact with the student. No STAIRS case is needed.

A parent/guardian or another individual enters the room while the student is testing. The parent/guardian does interact with the student.

This is considered a breach.

If the TE can confirm that the student’s interaction with the individual who was in the room during the test session was about the test content or has affected the student’s responses, submit a STAIRS case using the “Validity Issue” incident type.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS

A parent/guardian or another individual assists the student with answering a test question.

This is considered a breach.

If the TE can confirm that the student’s interaction with the other individual who was in the room during the test session was about the test content or has affected the student’s responses, submit a STAIRS case using the “Validity Issue” incident type.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS.

A student or another individual takes a picture of the student or the student’s computer monitor during testing.

This is considered a breach.

Ask the student or individual to delete the image while on camera. Then, pause the student’s test.

If the TE can confirm that the picture also captured secure material, submit a STAIRS case using the “Exposing Secure Materials” incident type.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS

The student used an unauthorized device, application, or software during testing.

This is considered a breach.

Ask the student to put the unauthorized device away. Then, pause the student’s test.

Submit a STAIRS case using the “Student Cheating or Accessing Unauthorized Devices” incident type.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS

The student started or completed the domain-level assessment in the absence of ongoing, mandatory video-monitoring during a remote test session.

Submit a nonappealable STAIRS incident to report the irregularity.

If the student is yet to complete testing, pause the test and resume with a live video monitoring in-place. The incident must be reported in STAIRS.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS

The student loses video during testing.

This is considered an impropriety.

Pause the test until video access has resumed.

If the test is the ELPAC Reading or Listening domain, was paused for more than 20 minutes, and the student(s) needs to return to previous items, submit a STAIRS case using the “Technical Issues” incident type.

This will result in a Grade Period Extension Appeal.

The TE loses video or chat access during testing.

This is considered an impropriety.

The TE should pause the test until video access has resumed.

If the test is the ELPAC Reading or Listening domain, was paused for more than 20 minutes, and the student(s) needs to return to previous items, submit a STAIRS case using the “Technical Issues” incident type.

This will result in a Grace Period Extension Appeal.

If the TE forgot to pause the test, submit a STAIRS incident that is nonappealable.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS

The student’s test expired.

This is considered an impropriety.

If the test needs to be reopened, submit a STAIRS case using the “Expired or Accidentally Submitted Test” incident type.

This will result in a Re-open Appeal.

The TE did not witness the student destroying student answers to the K–2 ELPAC Writing Domain. Submit a STAIRS case using the “Exposing Secure Materials” incident type. This will result in a nonappealable STAIRS case.
The wrong test administration option was selected, resulting in a student taking an in-person test with the remote or hybrid test administration option selected.

Submit a Reset Appeal if the student has not crossed the test completion limit as prescribed at the domain level in STAIRS.

If the student exceeds the test completion limit for the domain, LEA must submit a nonappealable STAIRS incident.

This will result in an irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s [Score Status] tab in the student’s profile in TOMS and in the reports related to STAIRS.

The wrong test administration option was selected, resulting in a student taking a remote test without video monitoring.

This is considered a breach.

Submit a STAIRS case using the “Administration Error” incident type. Indicate that “There was a failure to ensure administration and supervision of the assessment(s) by qualified, trained personnel.”

This will result in a nonappealable STAIRS case.

In addition, submit a STAIRS case using the “Validity Issue” incident type. Indicate that the “TE provided a student with nonallowable materials or devices” and reference the STAIRS case number of the administration.

This will result in a Reset or an Irregularity notation for the ELPAC on the student’s score record in TOMS.