OSSE provides test security guidelines and resources to ensure that schools and LEAs deliver uniform and equitable testing programs. For assessments to yield fair and accurate results, the assessments are to be administered in consistent and standardized conditions. The best way for us to support schools and LEAs in administering quality assessments is to ensure educators understand and recognize acceptable and unacceptable assessment practices.
To read more about the importance of test security, please refer to the June 2011 letter from the US Department of Education addressed to the Chief State School Officers.
Test Security Guidelines and Forms for the 2022-23 Assessment Administrations
- 2022-23 District of Columbia Test Security Guidelines
- 2022-23 Test Integrity and Test Security Notification Statement
- 2022-23 Test Security and Test Integrity Affidavit
- 2022-23 Test Security Training Attendance Template
- 2022-23 District of Columbia Assessment Chain of Custody Form
- 2022-23 Test Security File Document Checklist
- 2022-23 School Year Statewide Assessments Participation and Performance Policy
- Coordinating 2022-23 Statewide Assessments
Incident Reporting for the 2022-23 Assessment Administration
School Test Security Plans for 2022-2023 Assessment Administration
- 2022-23 School Test Security Plan Instructions (coming soon)
- 2022-23 School Test Security Plan Exemplar (coming soon)
- 2022-23 Test Security Authorized Personnel (template)
- 2022-23 Test Security Test Schedule (template)
- 2022-23 Plan to Improve Test Security School Policies and Procedures
- 2022-23 Test Security Fact-Finding Inquiry
Test Security Training for 2022-23 Assessment Administrations
OSSE has released seven pre-recorded Test Security Modules which serve as the official Test Security Training for LEA and Nonpublic 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, PARCC, DC Science, and Dynamic Learning Maps.
- Returning coordinators may complete the modules and quiz asynchronously, or they can attend one of the live Test Security Training sessions.
- LEA and nonpublic coordinators who are new to the role this year are required to participate in one of the live Test Security Training sessions, either in-person or virtually, and may use these modules as an ongoing resource for reference.
Upon completion of the modules, LEA 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 (out of 120 points) will serve as the official attendance and completion of 2023 Test Security Training.
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.
- Module 0: Assessment Training Module Overview (coming soon)
- Module 1: Test Integrity & Assessment Overview (coming soon)
- Module 2: Preparing for Administration, Part 1 (coming soon)
- Module 3: Preparing for Administration, Part 2 (coming soon)
- Module 4: Test Administration - Setup and Monitoring (coming soon)
- Module 5: Test Administration - Prohibited Actions & Incident Reporting (coming soon)
- Module 6: Administration Closeout & Reporting (coming soon)
Full written transcripts will become available with all modules.
Reminder: OSSE will not approve school test security plans if the LEA Test Coordinator listed has not completed this training series and the quiz. Therefore, testing cannot begin until both of these have been accomplished.
Statewide Assessment Monitoring Checklists for the 2022-2023 Assessment Administration
- ACCESS and Alternate Access for ELLS Monitoring Checklist (coming soon)
- MSAA Monitoring Checklist (coming soon)
- DLM Monitoring Checklist | Computer Administered | Teacher Administered (coming soon)
- PARCC Monitoring Checklist (coming soon)
- DC Science Monitoring Checklist (coming soon)
Ensuring the Integrity of DC Statewide Testing
- LEA-led Investigations of Test Integrity Violations (coming soon)
- DC Statewide Test Integrity Investigations (coming soon)
Parent Notification Letters for Assessment Administration
View the Parent Letter templates for the 2022-23 assessment administrations.
- Parent Letter Template - English
- Parent Letter Template – Amharic
- Parent Letter Template – Chinese
- Parent Letter Template – French
- Parent Letter Template – Korean
- Parent Letter Template – Vietnamese
- Parent Letter Template – Spanish
Test Security and Incident Forms Archive
About State Assessments
The District of Columbia administers multiple assessments annually in accordance with DC and federal law. These districtwide assessments are an important source of data on students’ progress and proficiency relative to DC’s educational standards. DC’s system of Next Generation Assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and DC Standards. These assessments are also technology and computer enhanced.
We value the use of comparable student performance data, and our statewide assessment systems provide us with critical information on academic performance across the city. We are committed to working with our stakeholders to be able to provide information that is meaningful and useful in improving programs and supports for all students and schools.