Test Security

Test Security Forms

Users with roles that require access to TOMS and the test delivery system must be assigned access before logging on and signing security affidavits in TOMS External link opens in new window or tab..

Test Security Affidavit for Non-TOMS Users

Users with access to secure printed testing materials (including paper–pencil tests and student results) who do not require access to TOMS can print and sign the ELPAC Test Security Affidavit for Non-TOMS Users (Updated 08/04/22). LEAs no longer need to have staff complete the Non-TOMS survey provided by ETS. LEAs may download the PDF and have staff complete the form. The completed forms need to be filed on site in case of audit. LEAs are permitted to put the security affidavit into an electronic system for staff to sign, provided the language is used as is and not modified in anyway. Schools must be able to provide proof of signature to auditors or ETS staff if requested.

Test Security Audits

To ensure test security and protect the integrity of CAASPP and ELPAC tests, local educational agencies (LEAs) are randomly selected for test security audits each administration year. LEAs that are selected for a test security audit will be contacted by Intouch Insight to schedule a site visit. Test administrators, test examiners, or other staff involved with testing should not be made aware of the audit. Preview the interview questions that will be asked during the audit on the CAASPP and ELPAC Test Security Auditor Questionnaire Link to external site (Posted 08/03/22).

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Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS)/Appeals Process for ELPAC

The online STAIRS/Appeals process, available in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) External link opens in new window or tab., must be used by LEA ELPAC coordinators and site ELPAC coordinators to report a test security incident or other testing issue that interferes with the administration and completion of the assessment.

After the incident is reported, TOMS will immediately prompt the filing of an Appeal, if that is the appropriate action. A system email will be sent that describes the submittal and includes the case number that can be used for searches in TOMS. This email will be sent to the submitter (and to the LEA ELPAC coordinator, if the form is submitted by the site ELPAC coordinator). Ensure that communications generated by the email address ca-assessments@ets.org are not automatically sent to a junk mail or spam folder.

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If the breach is due to social media exposure on the part of a student or adult or to media coverage of an administration, the LEA ELPAC coordinator must contact their assigned LEA Success Agent External link opens in new window or tab.. Only LEA ELPAC coordinators may contact success agents; site ELPAC coordinators should contact the LEA ELPAC coordinator in the event of a breach.

Information about Test Security Incidents

Instructions

LEA ELPAC coordinators and ELPAC test site coordinators should take the following steps when notification is received of a testing incident:

  1. Review the information provided and verify that the occurrence is a testing incident that requires to be reported.
  2. Access TOMS External link opens in new window or tab. to submit a testing incident using STAIRS:
    1. Select the [STAIRS] navigation tab in TOMS.
    2. Follow the online prompts to complete the steps to submit the STAIRS case.
    3. If the system determines that an Appeal must be filed, follow the online prompts to select the student or students for whom an Appeal must be filed.
    4. Coordinators must select the [SUBMIT] button to finish the process. Coordinators must ensure that all SSIDs are selected before submitting the STAIRS incident. Only the SSIDs that are selected in the [Submit] page are considered to be part of that STAIRS incident.

To expedite the processing of your incident or Appeal, please provide the CDE or test security personnel with any additional information that can be helpful while approving the Appeal or the STAIRS incident. Coordinators can withdraw all or some of the SSID(s) from the STAIRS case if the STAIRS case is still pending approval from their LEA Success Agent External link opens in new window or tab. or the CDE.

Keep any documentation associated with the incident for one year.

Note: Only LEA ELPAC coordinators can contact success agents. Site ELPAC coordinators should either inform their respective LEA ELPAC coordinator to relay any information, or use the “Notes” section in the STAIRS case to communicate with their assigned LEA Success Agent External link opens in new window or tab. or the CDE.

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The LEA should ensure submission of all Appeals before the LEA’s testing window closes. Any Appeal that results in a student’s continued testing must be filed with sufficient time for the student to complete the assessment before the LEA’s selected testing window ends.