Council Bill Would Crack Down on Cheating on Standardized Tests

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    Councilman David Catania (file photo)

    A D.C. councilmember has introduced a bill that's meant to make it all but impossible to cheat on standardized tests in public schools.

    The District of Columbia has been plagued by accusations of cheating since USA Today reported unusually high rates of wrong-to-right erasures on tests at more than 100 schools. Investigations by the district's inspector general and the federal Education Department did not find widespread problems, although isolated cheating was uncovered at one school.

    Councilmember David Catania introduced the testing integrity bill on Tuesday. He says standardized tests in the district must be "beyond reproach." The bill would make it a violation of district law to facilitate cheating. It would also establish a series of integrity protocols and require security training for teachers, proctors and monitors.