FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact
: Melissa SalmanowitzWednesday, August 8, 2012 (desk)202.535.1096
Chancellor Henderson Releases Inspector General’s Report on Testing
Integrity in 2010
DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today released the Office of InspectorGeneral (OIG) report on the 2010 DC CAS investigation. The report, requested by Henderson inMarch of 2011, found that there is no widespread cheating at DCPS, among other findings. The
report did confirm cheating at Noyes Education Campus. Henderson’s statement is as follows:
“Today, I received the report from Office of the Inspector General’s investigation into alleged
cheating on the 2010 DC CAS test. I am very grateful to the Office of the Inspector General forits hard work on this important investigation. Our team is in the process of reviewing thefindings and recommendations. While it will take some time for us to evaluate the full report,three findings are very clear.
“First, the report explicitly states that there is no evidence of widespread cheating at DCPS.
This is consistent with all previous studies of DCPS results and confirms what I have long held tobe true. I expect that this study will put to rest claims about widespread wrong-doing.
“Second, the Inspector General’s investigation found there were definitive instances of testing
impropriety at Noyes Education Campus. It is disappointing that a handful of staff would thinkso little of their profession and of their students that they would do anything to compromiseresults. I am dismayed by the actions of these staff. And moreover, I am deeply saddened thattheir actions have compromised the integrity of our entire teaching corps and caused people toquestion the abilities of our 47,000 students. We employ the best teachers in the world. I amproud of them day after day, but the staff implicated in this report do not represent what westand for as a school system.
“Finally, the OIGs report provides thoughtful recommendations for improving test integrity at
DCPS. I am proud to say that we have already implemented many of these recommendationsduring our 2012 test administration. For example, on the 2012 DC CAS, we improved testmonitoring, engaged with a new investigative firm, and increased security around testingmaterials.
“DCPS will continue to improve testing protocols to ensure tha
t our data on student
performance is reliable and to hold our staff to the highest standards. The OIG’s report
confirms what we have long suspected: the vast majority of our staff did nothing wrong; our