Cheating on the DC-CAS, Details Redacted
An unspecified number of students at a District school have had their DC-CAS test scores invalidated because they apparently got an advance look at the test, according to a June 18 letter from Acting State Superintendent of Education Kerri L. Briggs.
The letter, from which all names and other details have been redacted, also says that multiple school staff were dismissed following an investigation. The document appears as a "public notice" of a "test security violation" on the Assessment and Accountability page of the OSSE website.
Stories of cheating, many impossible to confirm, surface every testing season. This looks like the real deal. Asked this afternoon why the details had been eliminated, OSSE spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins said, "We are looking into it and should have an answer for you shortly." As of 7 p.m., she had not called or messaged back.
Briggs' letter, addressed to Name Redacted, said the OSSE "commends the leadership" of Name Redacted "for promptly responding to the allegations of a test security breach during this year's administration of the DC-CAS. The OSSE further commends Name Redacted's leadership for conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations and producing a detailed report...Finally, I wish to express my support for the swift and decisive actions imposed by terminating the parties found guilty of test security violations."
Briggs said that it was "unacceptable for teachers to copy and share assessment forms with students before the testing window has begun." She adds: "The scores for the students who were provided with practice test materials and/or who participated in instructional activities using these materials have been invalidated. This means that these students will be counted as performing Below Basic in the computation of the Adequate Yearly Progress for School Name Redacted, the Local Education Agency, as well as the District of Columbia."
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