Research and Evaluation
An Analysis of the Roles and Responsibilities of School Test Coordinators (STCs)

Akilah D. Swinton, Ph.D & Berhane B. Araia, Ph.D..


The current study examined whether the current structure of the STC position allows for the most effective implementation of test administration. To address the research questions, data were gathered from documents provided by the Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation, surveys collected in June 2016 from STCs by Research and Evaluation, and group discussions on recommendations from STCs at the end-of-year (EOY) debriefing meetings in June 2016.  STCs reported that 32% of their total time in SY16 was spent on activities related to the administration of the PARCC assessment, 17% on all other state mandated assessments, 28% on local assessments, and 24% on non STC duties. The total amount of hours STCs spent on test administration activities was 577 hours (or an equivalent of 77 working days for teachers), accounting for about 77% of the average STC’s available time. As expected, full-time STCs reported spending the most amount of time on STC duties. STCs report generally spending most time on activities during test administration and the least time on data-related activities after test administration. A high majority of STCs reported that they are satisfied with the support they receive from ESOL, Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation, and from their school administration. STCs were least satisfied with the time they had to collaborate with other staff.  Two major challenges that emerged from the data were lack of time to fulfill STC duties and student absenteeism. Another area of concern for STCs was difficulty finding staff to help out with testing as examiners and proctors. Almost all STCs, regardless of classification, recommended that the STC position should be a locked full-time position and receive more compensation.

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