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Evan Romer

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Proposed changes in how 3-8 and Regents exams are scored
Posted: Sep 9, 2011 9:04 AM
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Today's NY Times:

Steps Urged to Cut Cheating in Test Grading
By SHARON OTTERMAN

Citing heightened concerns about educators? cheating that have emerged
after recent scandals in Atlanta and Philadelphia, a New York State
panel has recommended an overhaul in how the state administers and
grades its standardized tests.
Some recommendations issued on Tuesday by the panel, which was
convened by the state?s Department of Education in July, will take
effect immediately; others require approval of the Board of Regents,
the state education policy board.

Among those that take effect right away: All state tests must now
begin on the same day in districts throughout the state, to heighten
test security. Also, all educators who proctor or grade state exams
will be required to certify that they were trained and followed
security procedures.

... One option is to bar teachers from grading or proctoring their own
students? exams, which has been an accepted practice across the state
for decades. ... The panel said it appeared that New York was the only
state that graded its standardized tests locally...

(Commissioner King's memo says, "A change in the Regents exam calendar
may be required to allow for districts to implement this ....")

(The memo also discusses longer-term changes coming with the PARCC
tests, which will mostly be computer-based.)

Complete NYT article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/education/09cheat.html

Commissioner's memo to the Regents:
http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2011Meetings/September2011/911p12a8.pdf

Evan Romer
Susquehanna Valley HS
Conklin NY

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