Maintaining the security and confidentiality of the Texas student assessment program is critical for ensuring valid test scores and providing standard and equal testing opportunities for all students.
Maintaining Test Security and Confidentiality
Violation of security or confidentiality of any test required by the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, Subchapter B, is prohibited. Procedures for maintaining the security and confidentiality of state assessments are specified in the Test Security Supplement and in the appropriate test administration materials. Conduct that violates the security and confidentiality of a test is defined as any departure from the test administration procedures established in the Test Security Supplement and other test administration materials.
Reporting Testing Irregularities
TEA considers any incident that results in a deviation from documented testing procedures to be a testing irregularity. Irregularities fall into one of two categories – serious and procedural. Serious irregularities constitute severe violations of test security or confidentiality and can result in the individual responsible being referred to the TEA Educator Standards and Certification Legal Division for consideration of disciplinary action (including suspension or revocation of educator certification credentials). Procedural irregularities are less severe, more common, and are typically the result of minor deviations from testing procedures.
Each person who participates in the Texas student assessment program is responsible for reporting any violation or suspected violation of test security or confidentiality. Campus staff should notify their campus or district testing coordinator if they witness an irregularity or suspect that one has occurred, and district testing coordinators should notify TEA. The district testing coordinator must contact the TEA Student Assessment Division immediately to report incidents involving alleged or suspected serious irregularities as soon as the district testing coordinator is made aware of the situation. Testing personnel should contact TEA if they are unsure about whether an irregularity has occurred or if they are unclear regarding what constitutes a serious violation.
Access specific directions for reporting testing irregularities and disciplinary action at Incident Reporting Process.
Access the Online Incident Report form at Online Incident Report Form.
The links below contain test security resources:
- 2018 Test Security Supplement (PDF Effective 02/02/18)
- Web-based Test Administrator Training Modules (PDF updated 12/15/15)
- Locally Determined Disciplinary Actions form (external link)
- Recommendations for Implementation of 14-point Test Security Plan (PDF)
- TEA Seating Chart Samples
- Assessment Conference Presentations
- Test Security Policies and Procedures (PDF updated 12/04/18)
The links below contain previous test security documents:
- 2017 Test Security Supplement (PDF posted 02/08/17)
- 2016 Test Security Supplement (PDF updated 03/05/16)
- Pilot Analysis of the Spring 2005 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test Administration Part I (PDF)
- Test Security: Final Report: Review and Recommendations (PDF)
- Pilot Analysis Part II (Appendices) (PDF)