Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Successful cheating on school tests in Kentucky could get harder

Cheating on state tests has become a hot topic recently after huge scandals in Atlanta, Georgia and elsewhere have focused attention on the fact that not all educators are saints.

Now, USA Today reports that Kentucky will join a growing list of states that conduct forensic examinations of unusual erasures on test answer sheets.

It’s funny that this came up today in the national news as I was just talking earlier today with officials in Frankfort about the on-going investigation into cheating on the ACT college entrance test in the Perry County high schools.

So far, no action has been taken against school personnel for that inappropriate activity, but my contact in Frankfort reminded me that it takes time to put together an iron-clad case that will stand up under review. So stay tuned on this one.

And, if you are an educator thinking about cheating on the state’s new assessment program next spring, or on the ACT, I’d suggest you forget about it. The odds of getting caught are going up.

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