New York State Board of RegentsDr. John B. King, Jr.Commissioner of EducationThe State Education DepartmentThe University of the State of New York / Albany, NY 12234Office of Communications / (518) 474-1201
NEWSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2011
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COMMISSIONER KING APPOINTS GREENBERG AS SPECIAL INVESTIGATORPro Bono Work Includes Review of SED Investigations ofAlleged Test Integrity Violations
State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today announced Henry M. "Hank"Greenberg will conduct a complete review of the State Education Department’s (SED)processes and procedures for receiving, reviewing and investigating reports of allegedimproprieties involving the State’s student assessments, including the Regentsexaminations. Greenberg, who will provide his services pro bono, was appointed byCommissioner King to the position of Special Investigator."New York State administers more than five million s tudent exams every year,"Commissioner King said. "The results of those tests help us determine how wellstudents are learning, and how much more they need to learn. We cannot let thoseresults be tainted by abuse and impropriety."Hank Greenberg brings the expertise, experience and skill necessary to make sureSED is handling every allegation effectively and efficiently. The overwhelming majorityof educators in New York State are giving tests honestly. The actions of a few shouldnot taint the reputation of the many. We know we can do a better job responding tothese allegations. Hank Greenberg will help us get better."Commissioner King said Greenberg would have complete, unfettered access to SEDassessment records, including records of alleged test integrity violations and how thoseallegations were tracked and resolved. Greenberg will examine reports of allegedirregularities in the administration and scoring of State assessments, and examine theintake, review, referral investigation and response to those allegations. Based on thefindings of his review, Greenberg will make recommendations to the Commissioner andBoard of Regents to improve SED policies and procedures.