Broward and Palm Beach Schools Identified in Possible FCAT Cheating

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Schools in the Broward and Palm Beach school districts have been asked to determine whether cheating occurred on Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test in their schools, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Deborah Higgins, an information specialist for the Florida Department of Education, tells New Times that schools in 14 districts statewide -- including Broward and Palm Beach -- were flagged for having "extremely unusual levels of erasures" in this year's FCAT.

The Florida Department of Education has sent the 14 districts memos, asking that they investigate the alleged cheating.

There's no indication as to how many schools or which schools in Broward and Palm Beach have been identified as possible cheaters, as Higgins says information identifying schools or personnel will be withheld until the investigations are completed.

The state contracted Caveon Test Security to do an analysis of this year's FCATs, which can identify not only tests with abnormal markings but also find patterns of similar test responses.

Out of more than 4 million tests, they invalidated 6,967 of them through their analysis.

That's when they flagged the 14 districts about the high levels of erasure marks.

According to Florida Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Kris Ellington, the department may require that the school districts conduct an internal investigation and forward those results to them.

The other 12 districts asked to investigate are Miami-Dade, Duval, Flagler, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Orange, Polk, and Seminole.


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Lenaseville
Lenaseville

This is a surprise?  It's not a matter of "if" cheating occurred, it's a matter of "where" and "who."  

Mtz6741
Mtz6741

I would like adults to take this test. I'd be VERY curious to see how they do. Some of the questions on this test are not as EASY as you think, so if you have never even seen the test, please do not comment. BTW, I don't think cheating is acceptable at all, but I will wait until there is evidence to know if some is guilty or not. Hey, and I'm not even a lawyer, imagine that

rasanders
rasanders

so, by chance, my students do well ...will that automatically target me and my students as cheaters? Seems like the educational climate/standardized testing has become very confrontational.  Is this just another way to avoid the "unfunded mandate" of merit pay- point the finger and claim test fraud! Who is going to know...any oversight on these testing companies and the leaderless DOE?

Joe King
Joe King

Please! We know the areas where children are failing because they lack the family structure and start school with no skill sets, no discipline and language skills worse than foreign born students.  And the school they attend gets an A; really? Really! Everyone looks at those scores with a knowing wink; either they're importing students as part of the expensive magnet joke or their shipping the "behavioral problems" to one of the country club centers where the students sleep all day.  Watch the buses flow into Lanier James.

Out2sea5
Out2sea5

Shame on you!  I'm appalled that these teachers are considered guilty without a "trial" and let us not forget this is coming from a company that has already been proven to skew their test result, hired uneducated people to grade the exams, and is privatization of education. 

Out2sea5
Out2sea5

that should read pro privatization of education

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

A lesson in survival skills overwhelms honesty and integrity.

Joe King
Joe King

Teachers have always cheated.  Do we forget why the FCAT was initially put into place?  Students were being passed and graduated without being able to read or do basic math.  Even now with the FCAT in place over 25% of the students going college have to take remedial courses; and these are our successful students. We must stop using our classrooms as test tubes to try to resolve perceived social ills and places to remedy bad parenting through behavior modification and actually provide a rigorous education.  American schools may spend longer hours in school, but less of those hours are devoted to instruction.

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

there is new technology that can analyze pencil makrs on a fill in test, it could determine if the bubble was filled in by the student or not, why not employ it?http://blogs.discovermagazine....

Soccerbabe93
Soccerbabe93

you tell teachers there entire future depends on what some idiot does on a test they don't want to take and you don't think they will "doctor" the results a little. yea right

WaxFoo
WaxFoo

lol, OK is anyone actually surprised? I mean seriously.web-privacy.no.tc

Anon in the trenches
Anon in the trenches

If you tie a teacher's pay to test scores, do you really think that certain teachers are willing to lose their livelihood to poor testing students? Of course there will be widespread cheating!

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