IDOE looking into testing breach at Hammond High

2012-05-17T20:15:00Z IDOE looking into testing breach at Hammond HighBy Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Officials at the Indiana Department of Education have been in contact with the School City of Hammond regarding a testing security breach.

Hammond High School Principal Leslie Yanders on Wednesday confirmed three teachers were suspended with pay while the district investigates an alleged breach of security in the end-of-course assessments at the high school.

Last week, a teacher was reportedly angry about a writing prompt, or question, which she called "culturally biased." She shared it with two other teachers by email, and one of those two teachers reviewed the question with his class and reportedly presented it as an assignment to his students last week.

IDOE spokeswoman Stephanie Sample said Thursday the state does not know how many students have been affected. "We cannot share the question at this time; however, it will be published with the score results in June. Anyone can view it (and all the essay prompts) at that time."

Sample said she does not know how soon the assessment team will act. They have yet to determine the scope of students affected, if any.

"The legal team advises our assessment team as they work with the district. Also, when we receive the local districts' investigation of the alleged incident, our legal team analyzes it to determine what ... next steps are appropriate," she said.

The state has investigated other allegations of testing breaches in the ISTEP-Plus tests for students in third through eighth grade and end-of-course assessments for high school students who take the Algebra I and English 10 exams.

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