How do my teachers become qualified test administrators?
They may complete online tester applications at bjupress.com/go/testerapp. The test publishers have established strict guidelines for who may administer a test. They are as follows:
For the Iowa Tests® Series, each tester
- must have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree OR
- must be a teacher, certified by a state department of education to teach in a public school or other conventional school (homeschool or local association certification does not qualify) OR
- must be or have been a full-time academic classroom teacher in a conventional school (not a homeschool) AND
- must be listed with us as a pre-approved tester by completing an easy online application.
For the Stanford Achievement Test Series, the tester must
- Have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree AND
- Have current state-issued teacher certification and experience administering standardized achievement tests OR
- Have at least one year’s experience as a full-time academic teacher in a traditional school and experience administering standardized achievement tests OR
- Have watched the Stanford 10 Administrator Training video produced by BJU Press AND
- Be listed with us as a pre-approved Stanford tester by completing an easy online application.
Do my teachers have to be qualified testers if our school is purchasing tests or using prepurchased tests?
Your teachers need to meet the test publisher’s qualifications as listed above.
- For schools purchasing tests from BJU Press, each teacher/tester does not need to submit an online application, but the school administrator will be required to sign a Contractual Agreement certifying that all teachers who will administer the tests are qualified according to these guidelines.
- For schools using prepurchased tests, each teacher/tester must also meet the publisher’s requirements.
May testers administer achievement tests to their own children?
Approved testers may administer tests to their own children (or children related to them) as long as their state law permits and there is no conflict with any other entity that may require test results for admission, award granting, etc. In these cases it is the teachers' responsibility to ensure that they are following the guidelines required by their state or other entity.
What grades (test levels) may be tested simultaneously?
ITBS®/ITED® Grouping Options for spring testing*
- K5–Grade 2 (Levels 5–8) must each be administered separately by grade and may not be grouped.
- Grades 3–8 (Levels 9–14) may be administered together.
- Grades 9–12 (Levels 15–18) may be administered together.
Stanford Grouping Options for spring testing*
- K5–Grade 3 (SESAT2–Pri3) must each be administered separately by grade and may not be grouped.
- Grades 4–6 (Int1–Int3) may be administered together with minor modifications.†
- Grades 7–8 (Adv1–Adv2) may be administered together with minor modifications.†
- Grades 9–12 (TASK1–TASK3) may be administered together.
*For fall testing, please refer to the test level rather than the grade level.
†Please note that the Listening subtest must be administered to each grade level separately. Word Analysis and Listening are administered separately for The Iowa Tests
What is the difference between a tester and a proctor?
Unapproved adults (proctors) may assist only in distributing pencils and scratch paper and during breaks but may not administer tests. Every individual who does ANY of the following must be a pre-approved tester:
- Reads directions
- Times the test
- Is in any way solely responsible for the student(s) at any point during test administration
Every tester must also sign the Tester Sign-Off on the Student Roster to be returned with the completed tests.