Anna Phillips is a staff reporter at GothamSchools.
State Will Overhaul Its Handling of Test-Tampering Complaints
Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:21 AM
The announcement followed the completion of a four-month review by Henry M. Greenberg, a lawyer appointed by the Board of Regents to investigate how the department collects and reviews allegations. According to a five-page summary of the report’s findings — state officials would not release it in full — the department “cannot adequately receive, review and follow-up on reports of allegations in the administration and scoring of state assessments.”
Mr. Greenberg found that the department relied on an antiquated, paper-based method of recording and tracking complaints, maintained an incomplete database of allegations and required only principals to report suspected malfeasance, not teachers, which most likely led to underreporting.
John M. King Jr., the state education commissioner, and
“This was not in response to any specific discovery of any sort of systemic problem, but rather a proactive attempt to ensure that we avoid those problems going forward,” Dr. King said.
Yet complaints of test tampering on the state Regents exams have soared in recent years, in
The Regents responded last October by banning teachers from grading their own students’ state standardized tests, ending a long-standing practice as old as the tests themselves. It will go into effect in the 2012-13 school year for standardized exams given to elementary, middle and high school students.
They have also asked Gov.
Neither the governor nor state lawmakers have included the money for this in proposed budgets, but Dr. King said he remained optimistic that it would materialize. If it does not, the department may be forced to scale back and slow down its plans, he said.
Mr. Greenberg, a lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, is a former assistant