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State DOE Reviews Testing System After Cheating Allegations Sweep Nation

By Jill Colvin | August 2, 2011 11:21am
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MANHATTAN — In the aftermath of widespread allegations of cheating by educators across the nation, New York's State Department of Education has set up a high-level task force to review all aspects of its testing system.

The group, which was created in mid-July, will announce a series of measures “to ensure the integrity of our testing system before our students return to school in September,” spokesman Jonathan Burman said in a statement Monday.

The group is being led by Executive Deputy Commissioner Valerie Grey.

The move comes in the wake of a series of cheating scandals where teachers have been accused of changing students’ answers to boost their scores.

“Improper test score manipulation” has been uncovered in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, among others, according to The National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which blames the uptick on "unreasonable score gain targets coupled with unreasonable pressure on educators."