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Test Coordinator Resources

Test Administration Timeline

The Test Administration Timeline outlines annual assessment tasks and submissions managed by the LEA Assessment Coordinator for the ACCESS, MSAA, DLM, PARCC and DC Science assessments. Throughout the year, OSSE will provide training and information to LEA Assessment Managers and LEA Test Coordinators to support with the successful completion of these requirements. An overview of statewide assessment activities can be found here.

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Test Administration Roles and Responsibilities

OSSE requires LEAs to designate an LEA Assessment Manager for each school year. This manager is responsible for representing the LEA, ensuring statewide assessments are administered in compliance with OSSE’s policies, and liaising with OSSE and LEA staff. The LEA Assessment Manager is also responsible for liaising with Nonpublic School Test Coordinators or other LEA designees in charge of direct communication with nonpublic schools.

OSSE requires LEA Assessment Managers to assign LEA Assessment Coordinators for each of the following statewide assessment programs:

  • PARCC/DC Science Assessments
  • MSAA/DLM Alternate Assessments
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and ACCESS Alternate Assessments

The LEA Assessment Manager is responsible for overseeing the coordination of all statewide assessments taken by students in their LEA and ensuring compliance with OSSE policies and protocols. LEA Assessment Managers can designate assessment-specific LEA Assessment Coordinators to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in this document. Responsibilities of Nonpublic School Test Coordinators are outlined in this document.

LEA Assessment Managers may designate the same person as LEA Assessment Coordinator for all three programs or may designate different parties (e.g., PARCC/DC Science Coordinator; MSAA/DLM Coordinator; and ACCESS Coordinator). Each LEA Assessment Manager and Nonpublic School Test Coordinator is required to submit the names and contact information of their assessment coordinators to OSSE’s Office of Assessment annually. Reach out to [email protected] for details on how to submit the contact information for assessment points of contact.

Test Administration Customer Support

A printable version of the customer support information below is available here.

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2021-22 School Year Test Administration Trainings

Training Resources

The OSSE Assessment Team has released The Coordinating Statewide Assessments guide for school year 2021-22. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of test administration processes and resources for all DC statewide summative assessments. It contains general information and additional resources for LEA Assessment Managers to reference while preparing for test administration.

The Statewide Assessment Training Schedule for the 2021-22 school year will be published in Fall 2021. All trainings for the 2021-22 school year will be conducted virtually. Recordings of the trainings will be added to this page once they become available. Next Generation Assessment (NGA) Meeting recordings will be posted to this page when they become available

SY2021-22 Statewide Summative Assessment Resource Links:

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Test Security Training

In lieu of the annual in-person Test Security Training, OSSE has released seven pre-recorded Test Security Modules to serve as the official Test Security Training for LEA Assessment Managers, LEA Test Coordinators, and Nonpublic School Test Coordinators. These training modules cover test security information for both in-person and remote administration. The complete viewing of the modules is required for all LEA Assessment Coordinators, including those responsible for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, MSAA, DLM, DC Science and PARCC. Upon completion of the modules, LEA Assessment Managers, LEA Test Coordinators, and Nonpublic School Test Coordinators are required to complete a quiz and certification form, verifying that they have viewed all content. A score of 80 percent or higher on the quiz will serve as the official attendance and completion of 2022 Test Security Training.

All training module videos and information regarding test security, including test security guidelines, participation policies, school test security plans, test security affidavits, and other required documentation can be found on OSSE’s Test Security webpage. OSSE advises that users use the video and PowerPoint presentations together, as any links or folders mentioned in the video can be accessed using the hyperlinks in the PowerPoint presentation.

Testing Accommodation and Accessibility Features and Resources

Information regarding accommodations can be found on OSSE's Testing Accommodations webpage.

Training and Resources

PARCC & DC Science Assessment Resources

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the DC Science Assessment (DC Science) are managed in the Pearson Access Next platform and administered through TestNav8. The Test Coordinator Manual and Test Administrator Manuals are available through the DC Pearson Portal for PARCC and DC Science. The 2022 PARCC and DC Science Readiness Guide is available to support LEA Test Coordinators as they plan for these assessments. For additional information, click here for more details about PARCC and click here for more details about DC Science.

Trainings for Spring 2022 PARCC & DC Science Administration:

*For details on timing and links to register for the trainings below, please reference this training schedule.

  • Dec. 14, 2021/Jan. 13, 2022: New PARCC & DC Science LEA Test Coordinator Training and PearsonAccessNext (PAN) 101 | PDF | Webinar
  • Jan. 20, 2022: PARCC & DC Science Accommodations Webinar | PDF | Webinar
  • Feb. 3, 2022: PARCC & DC Science Student Registration & Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) Workshop
  • Feb. 18, 2022: PARCC & DC Science Technology Coordinator Training | PDF | Webinar
  • March 15, 2022: Technical Assistance during PARCC & DC Science Testing | PDF | Webinar
  • May 12, 2022: PARCC & DC Science Assessment Closeout Procedures | PDF | Webinar

Common PARCC & DC Science Assessment Links

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) Resources

The MSAA is managed through the MSAA System. Test Coordinators and Test Administrators can access manuals and training modules in this system. They will also use it to administer the MSAA to students. Find more details about MSAA here.

Upcoming Trainings for Spring 2022 MSAA Administration:

*For details on timing and links to register for the trainings below, please reference this training schedule.

Common MSAA Links:

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Science Alternate Assessment Resources

LEA and school-level test coordinators can find resources such as manuals and step-by-step how-to videos for getting ready to administer the DLM assessment in the District of Columbia DLM page. Click here to learn more about DLM.

Upcoming Trainings for Spring 2022 DLM Administration:

*For details on timing and links to register for the trainings below, please reference this training schedule.

  • Jan. 12, 2022: Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Test Coordinator Training | Link to Presentation
  • Feb. 4, 2022: Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Test Coordinator Q&A

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Resources

WIDA AMS is the online resource used for material management and test coordination for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 suite of assessments. The primary users of WIDA AMS are the Test Coordinators at the school and district level. Additional information about the WIDA AMS system can be found in the WIDA AMS User Guide. Click here for more details about ACCESS.

Upcoming Trainings for Spring 2022 ACCESS Administration:

*For details on timing and links to register for the trainings below, please reference this training schedule.

  • Jan. 19, 2022: ACCESS for ELLs New Test Coordinator Training
  • Jan. 19, 2022: ACCESS for ELLs New Test Administrator Training

Common ACCESS Links:

NAEP Resources

The NAEP is taken bi-annually by most schools in the District of Columbia. Additional information can be found in An Introduction to NAEP and at this webpage.

Common NAEP Links:

Test Administration Archive


Contacts for Support

OSSE Support Tool: octo.quickbase.com
OSSE Assessment Hotline: (202) 304-3269
OSSE Email: [email protected]