Test Security Plan
The 2021-2022 Assessment Security Policy and Procedures Test Security Plan sets forth the test security policies, procedures, and responsibilities that the Whitfield County Schools (WCS) has established for the district's assessment program. Online test administration requires the delivery of very detailed information that differs from the training that most are familiar with (for paper/pencil testing). Additionally, it may require the inclusion of staff members who were not included in trainings before - such as technology specialists, online tests coordinators, etc.) It is intended for use by all Whitfield County Schools personnel, as appropriate. This plan includes several items taken directly from the 2020-2021 Georgia Department of Education's Student Assessment Handbook (GaDOE SAH), Accessibility & Accommodations Manual, and the Assessment Administration Protocol Manual, along with specific procedures for WCS. The language and procedures set forth in the WCS Test Security Plan do not supersede any directions or requirements in the GaDOE SAH.
Students in different grade levels are required to take periodic assessments to monitor their level of achievement and to help us customize instruction that helps them succeed. Information about the assessments we provide during the school year for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as students preparing for college and career are provided according to grade level.
Testing coordinators who work with students in Whitfield County Schools collaborate with the Georgia Department of Education to ensure all students have equal opportunities to complete all required assessments. The Accessibility & Accommodations Manual provided by the state education department defines which students are eligible for accommodations (from p. 10 of the manual last updated in August 2020):
In Georgia, three groups of students are eligible for accommodations – students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), students with an Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP), also known as a Section 504 plan, and English Learners (EL) with a Test Participation Plan (ELL/TPC). Parts of this manual addresses the use of test accommodations for students with disabilities; students with an IEP, IAP/504 plan,, or EL/TPC plan.
Learn more about the Georgia Student Assessment Program at the Department of Education.