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July 2, 2013

Investigation continues in FCAT testing violation

Issue turned over to state education's Professional Practices Office

Live Oak — The evidence from a violation of FCAT testing protocol that resulted in all test scores being invalidated in one Suwannee Intermediate School fifth grade class has been turned over to Florida Department of Education’s Professional Practices Office, according to FDOE Public Information Officer Tiffany Cowie.

FDOE confirmed they received a “report of a violation that took place during a grade 5 FCAT 2.0 mathematics test administration in Suwannee County. As a result of the violation, student test scores were invalidated.”

“When the irregularity was reported, the Suwannee assessment office conducted an investigation and submitted it to our office,” Cowie told the Democrat in an email received Tuesday.

Cowie continued, “Based on the information we received from that investigation, some students test scores were invalidated and the documentation was turned over to the Professional Practices Office for them to decide if they wished to pursue further action regarding an individual(s) involved in the incident.”
She said she cannot comment if any further action will be taken from there.

As previously reported, on May 30, Superintendent of Schools Jerry Scarborough wrote a letter to each guardian of each student whose FCAT 2.0 science, match and reading test scores were affected. In the letter, Scarborough said the test scores were invalidated due to “a violation of the testing protocol that has impacted the entire class.” Only one class at SIS was affected.

The letter obtained by the Democrat from a parent of one of the children in the class shows that the child, and all others in the class, will face no academic consequences by not having a fifth grade FCAT score. 

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