SCHALMONT, N.Y. – The Schalmont Central Schools Superintendent has announced that there was an issue with the administration of the of state exams in April.
Dr. Carol Pallas announced on Wednesday that shortly before state testing on April 1, administration was informed that students were possibly exposed to questions on the exams.
Following a report to the State Education Department, an investigation revealed that the Grade Sixth and Eight ELA and Grade Six math tests were affected. The students’ scores have since been invalidated.
She said that teachers used passages from the 2013 testing booklets during testing review in fall 2013.
“The booklets are supposed to be returned or destroyed and some booklets were retained in the school and those are the booklets that ended up being utilized,” she explained.
The tests are part of the Common Core Standard and do affect teacher evaluations. Pallas confirms that there was wrongdoing on her staff’s part and now the State Education Department is investigating the faculty.
In a written statement, the State Department said “If an investigation results in a final agency action against an educator or educators, certain information will be available. Until that time, we cannot comment further.”
Pallas said that the students will not need to retake the exams because they do not factor into a students’ grades.