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(a) The commissioner shall select for use in the state a standardized high school graduation qualifying examination (HSGQE). No later than July 1 of each school year, the commissioner shall set two dates and times during the school year on which each district shall administer the HSGQE, once in the fall and once in the spring.
(b) The HSGQE must be administered only in school test centers designated by each district. Each school test center must be secure, free of disruptions, have an established seating arrangement, and be well lighted.
(c) For the purpose of administering the HSGQE, each district shall designate an employee of the district as the district test coordinator. In districts with two or more school test centers, the district shall designate an on-site associate test coordinator for each center. The district test coordinator or associate test coordinator shall assign as many test proctors to each school test center as necessary to ensure adequate supervision of students taking the HSGQE, but not fewer than one test proctor for each 30 examinees. Associate test coordinators and test proctors must hold a state teacher certificate issued under 4 AAC 12.300. Each test coordinator, associate test coordinator, and test proctor must execute an agreement, on a form provided by the department, affirming that the test procedures of the department and test publisher will be followed.
(d) The district test coordinator shall assure that each HSGQE test booklet and test administration manual is accounted for from the time the materials arrive at the district office until the time the materials are returned to the test publisher.
(e) A student may not take the HSGQE until the spring semester of the student's first sophomore year, as determined by the district. A student who has passed a subtest may not retake that subtest. A student who has failed to pass the entire HSGQE, or who has never taken the examination and is a junior or senior, as determined by the district, may participate in the fall administration of the HSGQE. Except as provided in (h) of this section, at least once each school year, a student eligible to take the examination must take the subtests of the examination that the student has not passed.
(f) For the HSGQE administered before November 2001, the passing score for the
(1) reading subtest is 305;
(2) writing subtest is 356; and
(3) mathematics subtest is 383.
(g) For the HSGQE administered after November 2001, the passing score for the
(1) reading subtest is 322;
(2) writing subtest is 275; and
(3) mathematics subtest is 328.
(h) Notwithstanding (e) of this section, a student with a disability who has taken the HSGQE but has not passed all subtests of the examination is not required to retake any of the subtests of the examination if the student's individualized education program team under 4 AAC 52.140 recommends against the retesting.
History: Eff. 3/3/2000, Register 153; am 12/2/2000, Register 156; am 8/21/2002, Register 163; am 12/5/2002, Register 164; am 12/26/2002, Register 164; am 9/11/2004, Register 171; am 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.03.015
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