Education officials find over 200 violations on state tests

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky education officials have determined that 241 testing violations occurred on required statewide tests for the 2014-2015 school year.

Citing records obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that violations were made on tests including the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress and the ACT.

Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez said most violations involved procedural errors instead of intentional efforts to cheat.

Investigators found that students in the Anchorage Independent Schools district were allowed to use dictionaries during tests. In Grant County, investigators determined that a teacher let students use protractors, which aren’t allowed during testing.

As a result of the investigation, officials lowered the tests scores of 48 students and changed the scores of 44 others to zero. About 216 educators have also been required to have extra training.

In one case, a Jessamine County teacher was given extra training after providing students with a motivational note that included strategies.

State officials are now encouraging district officials to familiarize themselves with the testing regulations and the administration code training to prevent further violations.

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