RI has no plans to increase test monitoring

PROVIDENCE, RI – In the wake of a widespread cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools, Rhode Island officials say they have no plans to increase their monitoring of standardized testing.

A spokesman from the State Department of Education says there have been only two cases of serious cheating in Rhode Island over the last 10 years.

Both came to light because of whistleblowers who notified state officials of testing irregularities.

There is no formal mechanism to identify potential cases of cheating on the state test known as the NECAP.

But state officials say they believe they would notice any dramatic or unusual shift in scores, which can be an indication of testing problems.

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