ERIC Number: ED358553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
State Education Department: Security over Pupil Evaluation Program and Program Evaluation Test Materials Needs Improvement. Report 91-S-2.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Findings of an audit of the New York State Education Department's procedures to maintain security over Pupil Evaluation Program (PEP) and Program Evaluation Test (PET) examination materials are presented in this report. The audit sought to determine whether the department's security procedures adequately prevented unauthorized access to exam materials and answer keys and whether local schools complied with the procedures. Methodology involved document analysis, interviews with department staff and responsible school officials, and observations at 181 schools and regional distribution centers for the period April 1, 1990, through May 31, 1991. Findings indicate that local school administrators failed to comply with department security procedures at 63 locations, or 35 percent of the total. Serious violations included improperly opened examinations and answer keys, early distribution to teachers, improperly stored tests, administration to students on the wrong dates, and failure to take initial inventories. District-level violations included the failure to seal all examination materials and inadequate control of printing and distribution centers. Two figures are included. Appendices contain comments of State Education Department officials and a list of the 63 schools and observed violations. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York