The D.C. Council’s Committee on Education is holding a hearing on test security Thursday and the description of that event is written up on the council Web site. Someone was apparently in a rush, because the original post was filled with spelling and other errors. Even the committee’s name was missing a letter in one reference. Find all of them:
Committee on Education Public Hearing on Bill 20-109 the Testing Integrity Act of 2013
The purpose of the hearing is to provide the public and government witnesses as opportunity to testify on the bill which would codify testing security protocols and procedures for statewide assessments administered in the District of Columbia. THe Act outlines each educational institution’s responsibility for testing integrity and makes it a violation of District law to facility cheating on a statewide assesment test. It requires all teachers, proctors and monitors to undergo test security training and sign an agreement to abide by the terms of the DIstict’s testing security laws. In addition, it requires public schools and public charter schools to develop and submit to OSSE a testing security plan that describes the procedures used for storing test materials in a secure location, monitoring test administration in individual schools, and a description of the plan used in training personnel in test security. DCPS and Public CHarter Schools would be required to identify a system-wide Testing Integrity Coordinator as well as Testing Integrity Monitors. The legislation identifies impermissible behaviors and actions-or those that would consitiute cheating-such as altering test documents or allowing students to preview test items, among others. FInally,the legislation establishes a procedure for instituting sanctions for violations of testing security.
Those who wish to testify are asked to contact Mr. Jamaal Jorda with the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 or via e-mail at JJordan@dccouncil.us and furnish their name, address,telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committe on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 119 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20004. The record will close at 5:00 pm on THursday, May 2, 2013.
A few days after I posted this, I got an email from a top staff member of the Education Committee, who said the post was unfair because it tarnished the committee staff, which is highly educated, when it was an IT staffer who actually retyped the notice and put it on the website.
The post was not meant to tarnish anyone, but to point out a badly written post about an Education Council hearing. Since my piece, the above hearing notice has been fixed — but not completely. See if you can still find the mistakes.