Ethical or Unethical Practices in Testing
Read the following sentences and decide if the action is ethical or unethical. Put an E beside those statements that you think are ethical and an U by those statements that you think are unethical.
1. Communicate to students, parents and the public what any test does and does not do, when and how it will be administered, and how the results may be appropriately used.
2. Incorporate all subject area objectives into the local curriculum throughout the year including, but not limited to, the objectives of the tests to be administered.
3. Reproduce test documents for any purpose.
4. Review skills, strategies, and concepts previously taught.
5. Teach and review test-taking and familiarization skills that include an understanding of test characteristics independent of the subject matter being tested.
6. Limit curriculum and instruction only to those skills, strategies, and concepts included on the test.
7. Use any test preparation documents and materials prepared by the test-maker, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or the Commission on Student Learning.
8. Read and discuss the test administration manual with colleagues.
9. Schedule and provide the appropriate amount of time needed for the assessment.
10. "Cram" test material just before the tests are given.
11. Take appropriate security precautions before, during and after administration of the test.
12. Define or pronounce words used in the test
13. Give "special help" of any kind to students taking the test.
14. Seek clarification on issues and questions from the administrative team responsible for ethical and appropriate practices.
15. Read any parts of the test to students except where indicated in the directions.
16. Suggest or "coach" students to mark or change their answers in any way.
17. Include all eligible students in the assessment.
18. Actively proctor students during tests, keeping them focused and on task.
19. Make comments of any kind during the test, including remarks about quality or quantity of student work, unless specifically called for in the administration manual.
20. Possess unauthorized copies of state tests.