Education Testing Service investigators believe some Skyline High School students cheated on their advanced placement tests, Principal Troy Johnston told families in a letter he sent out this week that details some of the findings (see below).
The Skyline Oracle published a story in June about the ETS’s investigation into possible procedural breaches. In its report, Assistant Principal Marisol Arkin, the school’s testing coordinator, and other school staff downplayed the potential consequences of the inquiry.
“The worst-case scenario is that one or two tests may have to be retaken,” said Ms. Arkin.
Troy Flint, a spokesman for the Oakland school district, said ETS canceled 30 scores on various tests it deemed suspicious; the exams in question were in various subjects administered during a two-week period this spring. Flint said the rest of the results — which were withheld for weeks, pending the investigation — have been or will be released soon.
Flint said ETS was vague on the specifics, but that its response to the district suggests they believe some students were looking at other students’ tests and that they were sitting too close together.
Flint said the central office will assume responsibility next year for directing advanced placement administration and for making sure all of the testing coordinators have been properly trained.
How has this situation affected you or your kids?