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Education Report Unveils Six Test Violations (Jan 27, 2012)
A report presented to the state Board of Education says there were no critical violations or cheating on state on required tests, but there were self reported problems from six schools.

Every year the state Education Department screens test results for irrregularities that may indicate cheating on Oklahoma's high-stakes exams.

The results are used for federal accountability and, this year for the first time, serve as a graduation requirement.

Marydith McBee, interim assistant state superintendent, said very year the state randomly inspects classrooms where testsare being administered, screens every test for too many questions being changed from wrong to right, and receives tips from schools and the public.

"We can't be in every classroom across the state as the tests are being administed, but...we do make it more incnvenient for people to not follow the procedures," McBee said.

At Tipton Public Schools in Tillman County, a third grade math teacher told students when their answers were incorrect and allowed them to change their answers, according to the report.

At Homer Elementary School in Byng Public Schools, five students had erasure marks on exams that showed five questions had been changed from wrong to right answers. Those five tests were invalidated after it was found students were given frequent breaks and several grades were tested in the same room.

At Moyers Elementary School, a fifth and sixth grade math teacher took test booklets and went through and marked answers that were incorrect and then returned the booklets to students to correct the answers. The tests were invalidated and the teacher was placed on a plan for improvement.

At Fort Towson High School in Choctaw County, a student reported the teacher administering the English II End of Instruction exam talked to students during the exam with "assistance and answers" The teacher was reprimanded and no longer is permitted to administer exams.

At Ardmore Middle School, a seventh grade math teacher read through a student's test answers and commented that the student had only answered about half f the questions correctly. The school district investigated and found that the teacher had not helped the student with items, but did violate test procedure by reading the exam.

At Highland East Junior High in Moore Public Schools, a teacher and a paraprofessional who were working with a disabled student gave the student the correct answers to the alternative test given to students with disabilities. Both the teachers and the paraprofessional resigned.

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