Placement Testing Protocol Details

Unlike MDTP diagnostic tests, the MDTP placement tests are high stakes tests.  To enable better security, the test will only be offered on the MDTP online testing platform.

This is a pilot program and the MDTP testing protocol calls for schools/districts to attend a virtual training (approximately 90 minutes); administer the placement test in late spring;  follow-up in the fall with administration of the appropriate course readiness test (as a placement checkpoint); complete a post placement survey in the fall; and a post course survey at the end of 9th grade.  See below for further details:

  • Placement tests are only available on the free MDTP online testing platform
    • Pre-testing training is required prior to receiving access to the platform. This is a virtual training for teachers, proctors, and or administrators lasting up to 90 minutes.
  • Schools and districts will agree to administer the Placement Test(s) in late spring, prior to placing students as per SB-359 Sec. 2.7 (1)
  • Schools and districts will agree to administer the course-appropriate readiness test in the fall, after students are placed into their courses,  as per SB-359 SB-359 Sec. 2.7 (2)
  • Schools and districts joining the placement pilot will agree to complete two surveys at the end the assessment cycle for a testing cohort:
    • Post Placement Testing Survey: will ask the following:
      • Describe how you used the placement tool to aid in placement decisions (such as but not limited to cut scores, topic scores, in combination with grades, etc.)
      • A breakdown of the total number of students and the total numbers for the courses they placed into (such as: 100 students took the GP with 80 students placed into Geometry and 20 students placed into Algebra 1)
    • Post Course Survey: will ask for a breakdown of grades at the end of each course (such as:  of the 80 students placed into Geometry, 20 = A, 20 = B, 20 = C, 10 = D, 10 = F)
    • The survey data is not student-specific, so identifiers are not needed but, the data is important for our ability to determine test reliability during pilot/field-testing.