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Douglas County Schools' Testing Security Plan
Douglas County School System Test Security Plan Emphasizes Integrity and Validity

The Douglas County Board of Education implements the assessment program in the Douglas County School System (DCSS) as specified by the State Board of Education and the State School Superintendent.  Testing includes all state mandated tests as well as local assessments.

 "The testing plan in the Douglas County School System is administered with integrity and validity," said Judy Starrett, Director of Assessment. "Every effort is made to ensure that student test results are based on a valid administration of each assessment. Each student's results are very important as it gives parents a clear picture of their child's progress and helps teacher guide instruction."

 Tests in the DCSS are administered in accordance with the requirements of the governing agency for the assessment and with a high level of security to ensure an appropriate testing environment, the integrity of the assessment and the validity of the data provided by the assessment.

 In accordance with the guidelines provided by the State Board of Education and the Professional Standards Commission each test in the DCSS is administered in such a way that prevents, mitigates and reports any irregularities arising at any time before, during or after testing. Test Coordinators and other employees have an obligation and are trained to report testing irregularities and those who do so in good faith will not be subject to any reprisal.

 Employees of the district must comply with all Douglas County School System policies and Georgia Professional Standards Commission rules with regard to testing ethics. Employees who violate these provisions will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

 Douglas County School System Test Security Plan Procedures

Testing security procedures and guidelines for the DCSS are based on the training provided by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) Assessment Division. This plan includes information taken directly from the Georgia DOE Student Assessment Handbook.  The Douglas County School System participates in all state mandated assessments as well as national and local assessments.

Security Plan Overview

It is the intent of the Douglas County School System to administer all assessments with integrity and validity.  Care is taken to ensure that all assessments are protected from any ethic violations, and to maintain high program standards.

Training:

  • Training is held in the fall for all School Test Coordinator and assistant test coordinators. It is similar to the training provided by the DOE to the System Test Directors.
  • Training is held for school level test coordinators before every main test administration. School test coordinators then redeliver the training at their school. Training includes test preparation, test administration, ethics, post test procedures, and reporting of irregularities. Records of agendas, handouts, and sign-in sheets are maintained at the system level and school level.

Monitoring and Reporting of Irregularities:

  • Monitoring is completed by school level administration and central office staff. Central office staff completes a monitoring form for each school they visit when they monitor testing.
  • Monitoring forms are maintained by the system test director and any issues or concerns noted are addressed by the System Test Coordinator.
  • Procedures for reporting suspected testing irregularities are reviewed before each main test administration.

Communication:

  • District and School level test security plans are communicated to the public and local educator through district and school websites, school newsletters, and district and school level meetings. The testing calendars are posted on the websites and school level test coordinators training schedule is provided to school administrators and all test coordinators are required to attend test training.