State of Illinois Investigating Test Irregularities

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Illinois education officials are investigating whether some students may have received improper help on the state's standardized exams.

The Illinois State Board of Education launched the probe when more than two dozen schools reported problems during the administration of the high-stakes exam given every spring. They hope to determine whether the incidents were honest mistakes or evidence of cheating.

"We are not at the point where we have determined any sort of intent," agency spokeswoman Mary Fergus said Wednesday morning. "What we do know...is something happened during the administration of the test. It could be a teacher gave (students) too much time or a teacher gave them accomodations they shouldn't have received. There is a universe of issues that can happen."

The irregularities involve the Illinois Standards Achievement Test given to students in grades 3 through 8. The incidents date to 2005.

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