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A practice or procedure in presentation, response, setting, and timing or scheduling that, when used in an assessment, provides increased equity access to all students. Consortium-approved accommodations do not compromise the learning expectations, construct, grade-level standard, or intended outcome of the assessment.
Classroom activity
Classroom activities are one part of the Pilot Test and require the Test Administrator and students to interact. Students will respond to questions about the activity they completed.
Computer-Administered Items
Computer-administered items include selected-response, constructed-response, and technology-enhanced items.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
District Coordinator (DC)
District personnel responsible for the overall administration of the Pilot Test in a district. DCs should ensure that the School Coordinators (SCs) and Test Administrators (TAs) in their districts are appropriately trained and aware of policies and procedures.
Force Majeure
An extraordinary circumstance (e.g., a power outage or network disturbance lasting for more than one full school day) or act of nature (e.g., flooding, earthquake, volcano) that directly prevents a school from making reasonable attempts to adhere to the Pilot Test schedule.
The act of omitting test results and student responses from the testing, reporting, and accountability systems for a given testing opportunity for which the student may not retest.
Performance Task (PT)
Performance tasks are one part of the Pilot Test and require students to answer a set of questions in response to an activity.
Resetting a test allows the student to restart the test opportunity. For example, this may occur if the test accommodations were set incorrectly.
Restricted Resource
Any computer-based application, tool, functionality, or non-electronic resource approved by Smarter Balanced for the purposes of the pilot that does not interfere with the measured construct but has restricted availability and requires district documentation of individual student need prior to its use. An example of this is print-on-request.
School Coordinator (SC)
School personnel responsible for monitoring the Pilot Test schedule, process, and Test Administrators. SCs are also responsible for ensuring that testing is conducted in accordance with the test security and other policies and procedures established by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Secure Browser
A downloaded browser that provides access to the Pilot Test and prevents students from accessing specific hardware and software functions (e.g., other browsers, screenshot programs) that are not allowed during the assessment.
A unique identifier assigned to each student by his or her state education agency.
Test Administrator (TA)
District or school personnel responsible for administering the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test in a secure manner in compliance with the policies and procedures outlined in the Online Pilot Test Administration Manual.
Testing Impropriety
The administration of a Smarter Balanced Pilot Test not in compliance with the policies and procedures outlined in the Online Pilot Test Administration Manual.
Testing Irregularity
Unusual circumstances that impact an individual or a group of students who are testing and may potentially affect student performance on the test.
Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) provides administrators with the tools to add and manage users and students participating in the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test. TIDE uses a role-specific design to restrict access to certain tools and applications based on the user.s designated role.
Online Pilot Test Administration Manual
Manual that provides needed information regarding policies and procedures for the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test as well as screenshots and step-by-step instructions on how to administer the online Pilot Tests.
Online Pilot Test Coordinator Manual
Manual that includes information for State Coordinators, District Coordinators, and School Coordinators. This manual describes security and the policies and responsibilities for each role in online testing. It includes instructions on how to use the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) system.
Training Test
Resource for test administrators and students to become familiar with the format and functionality of the online test.
Technology Specifications Manual for Online Testing
Manual that contains the technical specifications for online testing for Technology Coordinators, including information about Internet and network requirements, hardware and software requirements, secure browser installation, and text-to-speech.