State test results for students in grades six and eight at Schalmont Central School District have been invalidated after a state investigation found that students were exposed to questions on the tests prior to taking them.
The students will not need to retake the tests, Superintendent Carol Pallas wrote in a letter to parents being sent home with students today.
According to the letter, the state investigation began after the district learned that students might have seen the questions shortly before state testing began April 1. The district filed an incident report with the state Education Department’s Division of Testing, and the department’s Test Security and Educator Integrity Unit started an investigation.
State officials confirmed that students saw questions in advance and, as a result, English test scores for students in grades six and eight were invalidated, as were math test scores for students in grade six.
School officials have called a press conference for later today to address the issue.
“The district takes this matter very seriously, and I personally want to apologize to our students and entire community that this unfortunate incident has occurred,” Pallas wrote in the letter to parents. “Although these tests do not factor into students’ grades or promotion to the next grade level, our students, faculty and staff work very hard throughout the year in preparation for these exams.
“As a result of this incident, school officials have met with our testing administrators and implemented appropriate actions to make certain our testing protocols comply fully with state rules and regulations.