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3/7/2012 4:37:00 PM
Test Impropriety Trends - March 2012

As of March 5, 2012, sixty-nine school districts have reported test improprieties. The table below shows the breakdown of reported improprieties by type, identifying whether the impropriety was initiated by an adult or by a student.

Type of Impropriety Adult-Initiated Student-Initiated Total
Non-allowable resource 58 96 154
Unsecure test environment 39 0 39
Student given wrong test 38 0 38
Student talking 0 35 35
Mishandling of secure test materials 7 12 19
Student coaching 12 0 12
Student cheating 0 10 10
Student tested under wrong SSID 4 2 6
Breach of student confidentiality 5 0 5
Untrained test administrator 4 0 4
Review of secure test material 2 0 2
Retested student without consent 1 0 1
Total 170 155 325


The most common reported test impropriety to date is student access to non-allowable resources, especially student access to cell phones. Following non-allowable resources, the most common test improprieties are testing in an unsecure test environment, students given the wrong test, and student talking.

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