Honesty of PSSA testing at stake

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer

When students begin taking Pennsylvania’s reading and math exams today, they are likely to hear the age-old direction: Eyes on your own paper.

As increasingly higher-stakes testing puts the jobs of teachers and principals in under-performing schools at risk and makes cheating ever more tempting, who is ensuring that educators follow the rules?

The state Department of Education largely allows school districts to police themselves, and some with prior testing infractions are stepping up their vigilance this year…

A few states, including Delaware, have hired Caveon Test Security, based in Utah, to audit their testing systems or analyze tests for signs of cheating.


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