For example, I have posted two recent stories below: Two teens scooped the newspapers in finding answers posted on the internet for a test before it was given by the DOE, but then the DOE cannot rollout the STARS Application.
Staten Island high school students break story about exam answers accidently posted online
Curtis High School student journalists Dinah Nahid and Caroline Gottlieb got the scoop when a student discovered answers to an English test on the Department of Education website. The test — which is part of new teacher evaluations — was taken by city seniors in the fall.Comments (2)
PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013, 9:20 PM
UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 1:15 AM
Dinah Nahid (left) and Caroline Gottlieb, student journalists at Curtis High School that broke the story
about answers to a new English exam being posted online.
Educrats posted the answers to an English test before city seniors took the exam this fall — and student journalists at Curtis High School on Staten Island got the scoop.
The test, part of the new teacher evaluations, coupled with an end-of-year exam, will help determine a substantial portion of teacher ratings.
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“I was shocked that there was this breach of security,” said Dinah Nahid, a 16-year-old junior who is co-editor of the Curtis Log.
Nahid and co-editor Caroline Gottlieb, also a 16-year-old junior, were hush-hush even with fellow student newspaper reporters after learning the answers were discovered by a Curtis student on an official Department of Education website.
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“The two of us kept it under wraps until we got it up on the website. ... It was kept mostly exclusive,” said Gottlieb, who spent a month reporting the story and asking Education Department honchos for an explanation. “We got very few answers.”
The new tests were administered at Curtis over two days in late October.
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On the first day, students were required to read selected passages. On the second they wrote essays based on the readings.
But at least one enterprising student sought to re-read the passages — including ones from the novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” — by Googling them after the first day. The student unexpectedly stumbled upon sample responses, which were apparently used to help teachers and administrators in the grading process.
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Department of Education officials expressed gratitude Thursday for the students’ investigative work.
“This should not have happened. It was a mistake, and there will be no negative impact on students or teachers,” said spokesman Devon Puglia. “Principals will have latitude to deal with any problems this causes and, as always, we will thoroughly review any anomalies in the data and make adjustments if necessary. We are assessing the situation and thank the students at Curtis High School for bringing this to our attention.”
A decision to invalidate the exam could wreak havoc on the city schools because they’d have to re-administer and re-grade the tests citywide.
Curtis Principal Aurelia Curtis praised the students’ work and argued the exam should be invalidated.
“I am confident of the fact that if my students found it, other students found it,” she said. “I think the only difference is my students found it and actually told the teachers about it.”