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K-12 Education: States' Test Security Policies and Procedures Varied

Description: Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "According to our nationwide survey of state testing directors, all states reported that their policies and procedures included 50 percent or more of the leading practices to prevent test irregularities in the following five areas—security plans, security training, security breaches, test administration and protecting secure materials. Additionally, of the 28 states that administered computer-based assessments, the majority reported including half or more of the leading practices in computer-based testing. However, states varied in the extent to which they incorporated elements of certain categories of leading practices. For example, 22 states reported having all of the leading practices for security training, but four states reported having none of the practices in this category. Although state officials reported having a variety of security policies and procedures in place, many reported feeling vulnerable to cheating at some point during the testing process."
Date: May 16, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

K-12 Education: Characteristics of the Investing in Innovation Fund

Description: Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "From fiscal years 2010 to 2012, Education awarded over half ($493 million of $937 million) of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants funds as validation grants, and most awards went to partnerships involving nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations partnering with school consortia accounted for a large portion of i3 funds largely because they have won four ($170 million) of the five scale-up grants that Education made in competitions through 2012."
Date: February 7, 2014
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department