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Project Columbia Report 062212 Final

Project Columbia Report 062212 Final

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Report on cheating in Washington, D.C. schools.
Report on cheating in Washington, D.C. schools.

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© 2012 Alvarez & Marsal. All rights reserved.
Report on 2011 District of Columbia ComprehensiveAssessment System Test Security InvestigationJune 21, 2012Contract DCPO-2012-C-0378
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Submitted To:
Hosanna MahaleyState Superintendent of EducationOffice of the State Superintendent of EducationGovernment of the District of Columbia810 First Street, NE, 5
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FloorWashington, D.C. 20002
Submitted By:
Joseph T. Gardemal III, CPA/ABV, CFE, CGFMMelissa Glynn, Ph.D.Alvarez & MarsalColumbia Square555 Thirteenth Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20004
 
 
 
© 2012 Alvarez & Marsal. All rights reserved.
June 21, 2012Hosanna MahaleyState Superintendent of EducationOffice of the State Superintendent of EducationGovernment of the District of Columbia810 First Street, NE, 5th FloorWashington, D.C. 20002Dear Ms. Mahaley,Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is pleased to submit this report in connection with our 2011 DC ComprehensiveAssessment System (DC CAS) Test Security Investigation. The report consists of two sections.Section 1 addresses our review of all District-wide documentation and policies regarding testadministration and test security. Our review encompassed the following: (1) general testing policies andprocedures for District of Columbia public and public charter schools, including all State-issued policies,procedures, and documents; (2) the roles and responsibilities of all Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Local Education Agency (LEA)-administration, and school-level Staff related to testadministration; and (3) training materials related to test administration and security developed anddistributed by the State or individual LEAs.Section 2 addresses our on-site investigations in 70 classroom locations identified as having possible testsecurity violations by OSSE and/or District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). At each location, weconducted reviews of test plans, physical security procedures, training materials, and test administrationprocedures. We interviewed: (1) administrative personnel at each identified school, (2) TestAdministrators and students associated with the OSSE and DCPS-selected classrooms, and (3) TestAdministrators and students from other classrooms, as well as DCPS monitors. We performed follow-upinterviews with certain individuals to whom we did not have access during our initial on-site visits.We sincerely appreciate your assistance and cooperation in facilitating our work.Respectfully Submitted,Melissa GlynnManaging DirectorAlvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services, LLCJoseph T. Gardemal IIIManaging DirectorAlvarez & Marsal Global Forensic & Dispute Services, LLC
 
 
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Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 1Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................................... 1Section 1: 2011 DC CAS Policies and Procedures Review ............................................................................ 3Summary ................................................................................................................................................... 3Introduction .............................................................................................................................................. 3Review Approach ...................................................................................................................................... 32011 Policies and Procedures Review....................................................................................................... 4Policy and Procedure Documents Reviewed ............................................................................................ 4Communications and Timeframes ........................................................................................................ 6Roles and Responsibilities ..................................................................................................................... 6Training ................................................................................................................................................. 6Violations .............................................................................................................................................. 7Monitoring ............................................................................................................................................ 8Invalidation of Scores ............................................................................................................................ 8Access and Security ............................................................................................................................... 9Potential Weaknesses & Recommendations ............................................................................................ 9Section 2: On-Site Classroom and School Investigations ............................................................................ 13OSSE Selection Methodology .................................................................................................................. 13DCPS Selection Methodology.................................................................................................................. 13Classrooms Investigated ......................................................................................................................... 14On-Site Investigation Process ................................................................................................................. 16Test Security Violations Defined by OSSE ............................................................................................... 17School Personnel Test Security Violations: ......................................................................................... 18Student Test Security Violations: ........................................................................................................ 19Classification of Findings ......................................................................................................................... 20Summary of On-Site Investigation Findings ............................................................................................ 20Appendix A: School Investigation Reports .................................................................................................... 1

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