Posted: 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Surveying the states on test security

By Alan Judd and M.B. Pell

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation into the integrity of high-stakes testing in public schools reveals gaps in oversight nationwide. The AJC’s survey of the 50 state education departments found that many states do not use basic test security measures designed to stop cheating on tests. And most states make almost no attempt to screen test results for irregularities. Click here to watch a video highlighting some of the results from these surveys.


The survey asked all 50 state education departments more than three dozen questions about their states’ testing practices. Forty-seven states responded, although not all the respondents answered all the questions. (Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania didn’t respond to our survey.) This chart reviews the responses for selected questions on the survey. You also may review each state’s entire response to the questionnaire by clicking the state's name.

State Independent Monitors? Schools Per Monitor Unannounced Visits? Seating Charts? Chain of Custody? Track Teachers? Analyze changes? Statistical analysis? Pattern analysis? Criminal charges? Licenses revoked? Footnotes

Schools per monitor based on 2010 enrollment figures for Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire and New Jersey and on 2009 for Wyoming.