The state Education Department on Friday launched a new website designed to improve the integrity of state testing.
This is one of several steps the Board of Regents has taken to curb test fraud.
For example, the Board approved the use of test answer sheets that make testing irregularities easier to spot.
Also, schools are no longer allowed to re-score open-ended questions on Regents exams, and teachers are not allowed to score their own students’ exams. The tests are given on the same day throughout the state to minimize cheating.
The following is a statement from Education Commissioner John King on the site’s launch:
“New York State administers more than five million student exams every year. The Board of Regents has implemented reforms to make sure every student graduates high school college- and career-ready. State tests help us measure how well students are progressing toward that goal, and how much more they need to learn. We cannot let those results be contaminated by fraud and impropriety.
We’re working to make sure SED handles every allegation effectively and efficiently. The overwhelming majority of educators in New York State give tests honestly and fairly. We’re going to make sure the actions of a few do not taint the reputation of the many. We’ve changed our process; we’re doing a much better job responding to these allegations, and the Test Security website is another step in that direction. This is an ongoing effort; we’ll keep working to protect the integrity of our assessments. Our students and our teachers deserve tests that are fair and uncompromised.”