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STAR-Test Cheating In Other Districts Delays Scores

Newark and New Haven Unified school districts are not involved.

STAR-test results, typically mailed to parents in July, are delayed, due to possible social-media cheating discovered by the California Department of Education

The investigation has delayed the release of Standardized Testing and Reporting results, or STAR results, by two weeks, according to the Contra Costa Times.

California schools administer STAR tests to children in grades two through 11 to assess performance in reading, writing, math, science and history. 

The security breach involves 442 images from tests given at 12 schools, were posted online, the Department of Education announced Wednesday. Some appeared on Facebook.

Department of Education spokeswoman Pam Slater told the Contra Costa Times that only 36 images showed actual test items; the rest pictured test-taking locations.

While the posted images did not contain test items or completed answers, the CDE undertook a concerted analyses of any impact the security breaches may have had on test results to ensure integrity of scores, said Deborah V.H. Sigman, deputy superintendent of public instruction district, school and innovation branch of the state Department of Education.

The test results, normally released in mid-August, will come out at the end of August. The leak will also affect the release of API scores in the fall.

dennis driver July 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I wonder how much money could be saved by not administering STAR tests for the Department of Education ? What if instead of laying off teachers we layed off STAR testing ? Wouldn't most parents and teachers andtaxpayers and students (who else is there?) rather have more teachers teaching in lieu of expensive Department of Education testing?
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I think public education is a lost cause and requiring tests only gives the illusion of performance.
Geoff Burton July 23, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Hardly a lost cause, but a system that is sorely in need of attention . My own son is doing well although we ourselves invest a lot of time effort and income into his education. I actually look forward to the test results as they are another gauge for us to asses his progress. If families can't afford private school there is no alternative, so simply throwing up our hands and saying the schools are a lost cause is counterproductive and overly pessimistic there is no desirable alternative, some of us are doing what we can, some are not.
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2012 at 09:16 AM
I'd love to see an improvement in public education - but there seems to be no real interest in making the fundamental changes required. My own father was on both the History and the Education faculties at a major university; he resigned from his position in the School of Education when he saw that teachers were no longer being taught subject matter but simply educational theory. Although his focus was on the education of secondary school faculty, he noted that the "dumbing down" of the education curriculum had spread from the preparation of primary school teachers up to the high school level as each year the subject matter portions of the curriculum shrank while suspect educational theory took up more and more of the curriculum. Which is why today we have people who think that decorating a disposable bottle is a way of teaching children about the environment.
Nadja Adolf July 23, 2012 at 09:17 AM
BTW - the teacher who does the decorating and repurposing of disposable bottles has her heart in the correct place; but not only is decorating the bottle missing the point of not getting a disposable bottle in the first place - but it misses the very real risks in reusing certain plastics.

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