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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.
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
Incidents that result in a deviation from documented testing
procedures are considered testing irregularities. Irregularities are viewed by
TEA as falling into one of two categories – serious and procedural. Serious
irregularities constitute severe violations of test security or confidentiality
and can result in the individual(s) 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
Each person participating 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 violations that
fall under the category of a serious irregularity 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.
Refer to the link below for specific directions on how to report a
testing irregularity to TEA and to access the Online Incident Report form.
- Assessment Conference Presentations
Please forward concerns to Commissioner@tea.state.tx.us to file a complaint pertaining to test security.
For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division
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