2014 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test

Memo
Queensland Studies Authority
13 February 2014
Senior secondary
Number: 016/14
2014 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test:
Nomination of the chief supervisor
Purpose
To provide information about:
• the nomination of the chief supervisor at each test centre for the 2014 QCS Test
• responsibilities and duties of the chief supervisor
• QCS Test policies and procedures, administration, marking, reporting and special provision.
Background
Each year the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) conducts the QCS Test in most Queensland
secondary schools with Year 12 students.
The chief supervisor at a test centre is the person responsible for the proper conduct of the test.
As the principal of the school, you are also the chief supervisor for the Test, unless you nominate
another member of your permanent teaching staff to be the chief supervisor in your place.
To ensure smooth administration of the QCS Test, the QSA needs to know who will administer
the QCS Test in each test centre.
What you need to do
• Ensure you are familiar with the QCS Test: Guideline.
• Submit the online form Nomination of the chief supervisor by Friday 28 February
(a link to the form will be emailed to Principals in the week beginning 17 February).
• Ensure the chief supervisor understands the responsibilities of the position and knows the
duties required.
Attachments
• Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
• 2014 QCS Test: Important dates
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These documents are also available on the QSA website: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2320.html.
Finding out more
For information about:
Contact
QCS Test
Web:
QCS Test:
• administration
• information for community representatives
Team Leader (Senior)
Phone: (07) 3864 0344
Email:
[email protected]
Web:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2324.html
QCS Test: marking operation
Assessment Operations Officer
Phone: (07) 3864 0367
Email:
[email protected]
Web:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2326.html
QCS Test: publications,
including the QCS Test: Guideline
Web:
QCS Test: special provision
Assessment Operations Officer
Phone: (07) 3864 0227
Email:
[email protected]
Web:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/1102.html
QCS Test: Test development
Manager QCS Test (QCS Test Unit)
Phone: (07) 3864 0270
Email:
[email protected]
School assessment:
special provision for school-based assessment
Quality Assurance Unit
Email:
[email protected]
Web:
See Policy on special provisions for schoolbased assessments in Authority and
Authority-registered subjects:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2132.html
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/587.html
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2320.html
Jo-Anne Cooper
Manager
Assessment Operations Unit
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Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
The chief supervisor is the person responsible for the proper conduct of the QCS Test at a test
centre.
The principal of a school participating in the test is the chief supervisor of the test for their
school/test centre, unless they nominate another member of the permanent teaching staff to be
the chief supervisor in their place.
In either case, the principal must provide the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) with the details
of the chief supervisor by Friday 28 February (see QSA memo 016/14 for details:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/qsa_secure/memos.act).
To make any subsequent changes to chief supervisor details, see the QCS Test administration
section of the website: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2324.html.
The table below outlines the main responsibilities and duties performed by the chief supervisor.
The Directions for administration (DFA) fully documents all responsibilities and duties.
During July the DFA will be sent to all test centres and made available on our website:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2324.html.
Responsibility
Notes
Online activities
QCS Test
administration
database
March — October
 The QCS Test administration database is QSA’s secure system used by
chief supervisors to manage many aspects of the QCS Test:
www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2484.html.
 If you do not have access, complete a Request for access to restricted
areas of the website immediately (available on the same web page).
 Check the QCS Test website for copies of all publications and
administration advice: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/587.html
Before the test
Confirm student
 When calculating numbers:
numbers sitting at your
- note that all OP-eligible students must sit the test
test centre
- consult with your Year 12 OP-ineligible students to find out how many
late March — early April
intend to sit the test.
 Confirm or update numbers in the QCS Test administration database.
 We may contact you to discuss student numbers.
 Advertise positions for chief community representatives (CCRs) and, if
applicable, community representatives (CRs) in the school’s newsletter
and/or on the noticeboard.
 Distribute application forms to interested members of the community.
 Accept completed application forms.
 Select, on behalf of the QSA, nominees for each CCR and, where
applicable, CR position.
 Submit nominations using the QCS Test administration database.
 Keep all completed application forms at the school.
 Arrange for replacements if any nominated CCRs or CRs become
unavailable to fill the appointed position.
 Update any changes in the QCS Test administration database.
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Manage community
representatives
late March to conclusion
of the Test
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Responsibility
Notes
Allocate test rooms
 Check test room specifications as specified in the DFA.
 If a test room is not part of a school designated as a test centre, request a
variation in location using the form Application to vary the location of the test
centre: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/2324.html.
Manage special
provision
 Ensure a staff member helps students requiring special provision to
complete applications.
 Responses to applications for special provision will be sent to the school.
Ensure that a copy of the letter is given to the student.
 For students with approved special arrangements:
- meet with each student 1–2 weeks before the test to discuss which of the
approved arrangements they wish to use
- arrange suitable supervision and access to any approved equipment or
material (e.g. computer).
 Follow the procedures for special provision in the DFA.
Organise supervisors
August to conclusion of
the Test
 Appoint sufficient supervisors from the school’s teaching staff as indicated in
the DFA.
 Brief all supervisors on their responsibilities and duties as outlined in the DFA.
Inform students
July to conclusion of the
Test
 Distribute the Instructions to students to all students sitting the test.
 Check the calculators to be used by students. Ensure all students have
signed the Calculator declaration — Form QCS 10. Return forms in one of
the purple metal security cases after the last test session.
 Remind students:
- of the dates and times for the test
- to bring all essential equipment for each test session (see page 5 of the
Student Information Bulletin 2014
- that their calculators will be checked
- that supervisors do not supply equipment during a test session
- that if they are absent for all or part of the test and want to continue to be
eligible for an Overall Position (OP), they must provide the QSA with
documentary evidence certifying there was a valid reason that prevented
them from sitting the test and seek exemption
- that checks will be made to identify instances of cheating
- that bringing prohibited equipment or materials, including mobile phones
or other communication devices into a test session, is considered
academic misconduct, and that such items will be confiscated
- that students who engage in academic misconduct will not receive a
QCS Test grade.
Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
Responsibility
Notes
Receive Group A test
materials
mid-August
 Wear the Chief supervisor’s ID card at all times when dealing with test materials.
 Ensure that the test centre’s administration staff are aware of the incoming
delivery of the Group A test materials.
 Sign for the delivery of the cardboard cartons containing the Group A test
materials.
 Open the first carton and retrieve the satchel addressed to your test centre
CCRs. Give this satchel to your CCRs.
 Open the rest of the cartons and check the materials received against the
Materials supply list — Group A.
 Ensure that the quantities supplied are sufficient to cater for the number of
students intending to sit the test.
 Complete the Materials supply list — Group A, and return it immediately to
the QSA to confirm receipt of the Group A test materials.
 Store the Group A test materials in a safe place.
Note: It is not the responsibility of the CCRs to help you reconcile and verify
the receipt of the Group A test materials.
Receive Group B test
materials
late August
 Wear the Chief supervisor’s ID card at all times when dealing with test materials.
 Ensure that both CCRs:
- are in attendance and wear their ID card for the delivery
- sign for the delivery of the metal security cases containing the Group B
test materials
- open the metal security cases in your presence.
 When all of the metal security cases are opened, check that:
- you have the correct number of coloured plastic bags as indicated on the
Materials supply list — Group B
- the quantity of testpapers supplied, as indicated on the labels attached to
the coloured plastic bags, is enough to cater for the number of students
intending to sit the test.
 Do NOT, under any circumstances, open the coloured plastic bags
containing the testpapers.
 Ensure that the CCRs lock each metal security case in your presence
before they leave.
 Store the metal security cases in a secure place and maintain the security of
the metal security cases.
 Complete the Materials supply list — Group B, and return it immediately to
the QSA to confirm receipt of the Group B test materials.
Check corrections
instructions
day before the first Test
 Access Corrections instructions for all testpapers in the QCS Test
administration database by lunchtime on the Monday before the test.
 Make copies of the Corrections instructions for supervisors and the CCRs.
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Notes
On the days of the test
Ensure that each test room has been prepared as specified in the DFA.
Update both copies of the Attendance roll as specified in the DFA.
Prepare place cards for any students you added to the Attendance roll.
Ensure that students are seated:
- at least 1.5 metres apart in each direction
- in alphabetical order starting from the front across the room (and from
room to room, if multiple rooms are used) by category of student
separately, that is, Year 12 students from your school, Year 12 students
from other schools, School of Distance Education students, private-entry
candidates.
 Place on or attach to the top of each desk a place card. The place card will
identify the place where each student must sit during the four test sessions.
 Ensure the Seating plan — Form QCS 9 has been completed, including
marking the front of the room, and return it after the last test session in one
of the purple metal security cases.
Prepare test rooms
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Distribute testpapers
and materials
 Wear the Chief supervisor’s ID card at all times when dealing with test materials.
 Ask a CCR to open the appropriate metal security cases 25–40 minutes
before the start of the test session.
 Open the coloured plastic bags in the presence of the CCRs and check that
the bags contain the correct number of testpapers.
 Place testpapers and response books/sheets on the desks that have place
cards, before admitting students to the test room.
 Follow correct procedures for distributing, retaining, discarding and returning
test materials before, during and after the test.
 Ensure that no-one other than a student sitting the test reads and/or works
through the testpaper until after the test session.
 Ensure that no test materials are left on unoccupied desks for more than 40
minutes after the start of perusal time.
 Keep surplus testpapers and materials in each test room during the test
session.
Admit students to the
test room
 Ensure that supervisors:
- admit students to the test room only after the testpapers and response
books/sheets have been distributed
- check that students bring into the test room only the equipment allowed
for the test session
- place any unauthorised materials collected from students in a safe place.
During each test session
Record student
attendance
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 Record absent students for each test session on both copies of the
Attendance roll.
 Clearly indicate in the space provided the reason for the absence.
 Complete the absence summary for each category of students on the last
page of the Attendance roll.
 Ensure the CCRs attach the barcode ID labels of absent students to the
Absentee sheets.
Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
Responsibilities of the chief supervisor
Responsibility
Notes
Supervise test
sessions
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Give copies of the Corrections instructions to the supervisors and CCRs.
Ensure any changes noted in the Corrections instructions are actioned.
Ensure that directions given to students are strictly in accordance with the DFA.
Ensure that all supervisors supervise actively.
Allow late students to be admitted up to 40 minutes after the start of perusal
time.
Make decisions about admitting students who arrive later than 40 minutes
after the start of perusal time.
Provide a written report to the Manager, Assessment Operations Unit:
- listing any late students
- recording any unusual circumstances reported by supervisors, CCRs or CRs.
Do not phone the QSA about an alleged error in a testpaper. After the test
session, tell students that the QSA will take corrective measures if
necessary. Report the incident in writing to the Manager, QCS Test.
Do not allow the test to be suspended or interrupted.
After the tests
Secure test materials
 Ensure that:
- supervisors collect one student response from each student
- the number of student responses collected is the same as the number of
students present for the test session
- all response books/response sheets/testpapers are securely stored until
they are collected by the courier service.
Pack and return
test materials
 Pack completed Writing Task response books into the appropriately labelled
envelopes, ensuring that no loose sheets of paper are included. The blue
metal security cases are the only cases to be collected on Tuesday.
 Pack the completed Multiple Choice response sheets into the designated
boxes.
 Pack the completed Short Response testpapers into the designated
envelopes.
 Return the Attendance roll, ID cards of the chief supervisor and, if
applicable, CRs, completed reports and forms and travel claim vouchers
with the MC II materials.
 Ensure that the metal security cases are available in the administration area
of the school for collection by the courier service.
Finalise record of
attendance
 Finalise the record of attendance of CCRs and, if applicable, CRs in the
QCS Test administration database.
Submit applications
for special provision
after the test
 Ensure a staff member helps students requiring special provision to
complete an application (Forms will be available from the first day of the
test: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/1102.html).
 Fax completed application forms and supporting documentation to
(07) 3221 2930 or scan and email to [email protected]
 Do not put application forms or supporting documentation in the metal
cases.
More information
If you would like more information, please email the Assessment Operations Unit at
[email protected] or phone 3864 0394.
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Important dates
Date
Category Description
late Jan
Memo
Retrospective 2013: Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test
late Jan
Memo
Student Information Bulletin 2014
mid-Feb Memo
Nomination of the chief supervisor
mid-Feb Memo
Special provision for the QCS Test 2014
28 Feb
Schools submit form to QSA: Nomination of the chief supervisor
Due date
early Mar Access
QCS Test administration database opens via QSA’s secure website
mid-Mar Memo
Nomination of chief community representatives and community representatives
mid-Mar Memo
Number of OP-ineligible students intending to sit the test
early Apr Due date
Schools confirm student numbers for the test in the QCS Test administration database
9 May
Due date
Return of applications for community representatives to schools
21 May
Due date
Schools return Special provision applications to QSA
23 May
Due date
Schools nominate chief community representatives and community representatives via the
QCS Test administration database
late July Notices
Chief community representatives and community representatives receive appointment
information
late July Memo
Directions for administration (DFA) + attachments: multiple copies of Instructions to students
and two copies of the form Calculator declaration
8 Aug
Due date
Schools to have distributed the Instructions to students to Year 12 students
15 Aug
Due date
Schools to have Year 12 students sign the form Calculator declaration
19 Aug
Delivery
Schools complete Materials supply list — Group A to confirm receipt of Group A test materials
(includes multiple copies of the DFA and materials for the chief community representatives)
late Aug Delivery
Schools complete Materials supply list — Group B to confirm courier delivery of Group B test
materials to QCS test centres
1 Sep
Due date
2 Sep
QCS Test Administration of the Writing Task (WT) and Multiple Choice I (MCI) testpapers
2 Sep
Collection Test response materials — WT response books
3 Sep
QCS Test Administration of the Short Response (SR) and Multiple Choice II (MCII) testpapers
3 Sep
Collection Test response materials — SR testpapers and MC response sheets
5 Sep
Due date
mid-Oct
Schools print Corrections instructions via the QCS Test administration database
Schools finalise the record of attendance of chief community representatives (and community
representatives, if applicable) via the QCS Test administration database
Payments Chief community representatives and community representatives are paid by electronic funds
transfer into their bank accounts
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Shaded tasks indicate schools need to action through the QSA’s QCS Test website: www.qsa.qld.edu.au/587.html.