School cheating investigations by New York State

Here are details on 432 closed investigations by the New York State Education Department into allegations of cheating on tests at elementary and secondary schools in the past decade. The table contains information about whether the allegations were ultimately verified or unverified, what actions were taken and how the outcome affected scoring for the exam or staff assignments. The D. Abrams and S. Katz referred to in many cases are current or former state education officials. Other names have been redacted (***** or #####).

Abbreviations for tests include ELA = English Language Arts; RE = Regents; RCT = Regents Competency Test; USHG = U.S. History and Geography; INTALG = Intermediate Algebra; SCI PTScience Performance Test.

The data was provided by the Education Department in response to a Freedom of Information Law request, and not all fields contain data. The list can be filtered by region, showing Long Island, the Westchester-Hudson Valley area, New York City or upstate.

Showing
of 432 records
School Test School year of test Allegation Referred to Disposition District Level Score outcome Staff outcome Region
Alverta B Gray Schultz MS MATH/ELA 2008-09 Anonymous allegations by phone were sent to SED by school associate. Alleges that teachers are grading exams by themselves in their rooms. Also, lack of training and supervision. D Abrams requested an investigation by ***** on 4/21/09. BOCES ***** sent report to D Abrams 6/17/09-allegations unfounded. Abrams thank you to ***** 6/25/09 Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Baldwin Senior High School RE ESCI 2002-03 Lost paper, score expunction - Verified - - - - Long Island
Birch School SOC 2006-07 TEACHER ASSISTED STUDENTS DURING EXAM - Verified - Elem ALL CLASS PAPERS "ADM ERR UNKNOWN Long Island
Centennial Avenue School ELA 2006-07 REFERRED TO BOCES ######;REPORT CONCLUDES THAT NO TESTING IRREGULARITIES WERE FOUND REFERRED TO *****; Unverified - Elem NONE NONE Long Island
Centereach High School RE ESCI 2003-04 Teacher judgment training re: schedule policies - Verified - - - - Long Island
Comsewogue HS RE Math B 2007-08 Alleged by ''''' that 6 failing exams were regraded by the ''''' and 5 passed. ''''' did not notify SE S Katz asked ''''' for description of what transpired (4/2/09). On 4/20/09 ''''' responded that procedures were followed- 4 recd Dpassing grades. On 6/29/09 S Katz sent thank you letter to principalUNVERIFIED Unverified - Sec - - Long Island
Comsewogue HS Asstd. RCTs 2003-04 Return of restricted RCTs. Training regimen - Verified - - - - Long Island
Daniel Street School MATH 2007-08 Alleged that teacher provided unauthorized assistance to several of her students. D Abrams requested investigation by ***** 4/11/08; report due 6/15/08. Report recd 5/16/08 indicates teacher assisted students during exam & changed responses after exam. S Katz sent procedural letter 7/2/08. Verified - Elem 4 papers "admin error" (2 - Long Island
East Islip MS MATH 2008-09 2 Teacher alleges students given additional time for testing. S Katz reviewed and determined no cause for action Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
East Islip School District - 2009-10 Anonymous allegation of improper testing procedures since June 2007, Post it note says insufficient evidence Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
East Rockaway Jr Sr HS NYSESLAT 2007-08 School was short exams-teacher made copies of test. SED will monitor security at school. Any further lapses may result in sanctions including suspension of storing privileges. S Katz sent procedural letter to principal 6/3/08. Verified - Sec - School will be closely mo Long Island
Great Neck Union Free School Distric RE Math A 2003-04 Faculty training and reinforcement - N/A - Sec - - Long Island
Hampton Bays Elementary School SCI PT 2002-03 CODED AS ADMIN ERROR - Verified - Elem - - Long Island
Harborfields HS RE ENG 2007-08 Allegation that ***** is responsible for scoring irregularities. D Abrams requested ***** (***** W Suffolk BOCES) investigate & report to him by 4/15/08. School & BOCES investigation found scorers did not conform to scoring guidelines. BOCES to score June REG English as per Abrams 6/6/08. Abrams thank you to ***** 6/6/08. Verified - Sec - - Long Island
Howard T Heber MS MATH 2009-10 Prior to students taking exam, teacher gave impromptu lesson after seeing exam, D Abrams (5/14/10) requested ***** to investigate if the lesson affected the students' scores. SED Recd another ananymous report (5/6/10) raises concerns of procedures safeguarding exams and scheduling lessons after exams were opened by teachers. Report shared with ***** 6/10/10- report due 6/30/10. Report rcd 7/16/10-allegations against one teacher substantiated- not against others Verified - Elem 28 papers "admin error" Teacher not allowed to pa Long Island
Island Trees Memorial MS Math 2009-10 IEP accomodation violation- teacher gave improper scripting during exam. S Katz sent procedural letter to principal 7/13/10 Verified - Elem 1 paper "admin error". - Long Island
J Taylor Finley MS SOC 2005-06 ***** alleged that teachers/administrators inflated scores. He alleged they retaliated against him for "whistleblowing" and was forced out of his tenured job, leading to serious medical problems. S Katz sent letter to complainant 1/26/10 that too much time had elapsed to remark the exams. He told him that an analysis had been done as well as with subsequent years, and the results were unremarkable. Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Jericho Senior High School RE Global 2004-05 /closed - Verified - Sec 2 papers invalidated civil prosecution Long Island
Jericho Senior High School RE Math A 2004-05 /closed - Verified - Sec 3 papers invalidated civil prosecution Long Island
Lawrence Senior High School RE French Pt One 2005-06 closed, teacher removed from testing, training program for a - Verified - Sec - - Long Island
Lindenhurst Middle School MATH 2006-07 REFERRED TO BOCES ######; REPORT DUE 4/30/07; closed & unverified as per Dave Moore REFERRED TO *****;closed & unverified as per Dave Moore Unverified - Elem 86 PAPERS "ADM ERROR" TEACHER ON ADM LEAVE PEND Long Island
Manor Oaks William Bowie School SCI PT 2002-03 CODED AS ADMIN ERROR - Verified - Elem - - Long Island
Maplewood Intermediate School MATH 2004-05 COUNSELING WARNING LETTER GIVEN TO TEACHER, CODED AS ADMIN ERROR REFERRED TO BOCES ***** Verified - Elem 5 papers "adm error" memo of Counsel & Warning Long Island
Maplewood Intermediate School MATH 2004-05 OK - Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Maplewood Intermediate School MATH 2004-05 OK - Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
North Babylon HS RE ENG 2009-10 At home student did not complete Day 1 essays, claiming proctor erred in giving instructions. Stude refused to take Day 2 exam. - Verified - Sec 1 paper 'admin error' - Long Island
Park Avenue School SCI PT 2002-03 CODED AS ADMIN ERROR - Verified - Elem - - Long Island
Pasadena Elementary School ELA 2005-06 CODED AS ADMIN ERROR; ADS INVESTIGATED SCHOOL ADS INVESTIGATED SCHOOL Verified - Elem 7 papers invalidated referred to district coun Long Island
Pasadena Elementary School - 2005-06 CODED AS ADMIN ERROR; ADS INVESTIGATED SCHOOL ADS INVESTIGATED SCHOOL Verified - - 7 papers invalidated unknown Long Island
Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District ELA 2006-07 TEACHER SUSPENDED 30 DAYS W/O PAY - Verified - Elem 28 PAPERS "ADM ERROR" TEACHER SUSPENDED 30 DAYS Long Island
Plainedge MS SOC 2007-08 Exams were opened the day prior to the exam and at least one teacher viewed contents. ***** investigated 6/5/08-reported teachers did not divulge any specific information about Part 2 to students. S Katz sent than you letter 7/2/08. Verified - Elem None Storing privileges rescin Long Island
Plainview-Old Bethpage MS ELA 2009-10 Student allegedly had knowledge of test questions from his mother- a teacher at ***** UFSD Nassau ***** investigated- mother/teacher denied discussing exam with son. No proof of wrongdoing-test not compromised. Teacher banned from state exams. Abrams sent thank you to ***** 5/28/10. Unverified - Elem - Teacher banned from state Long Island
Plainview-Old Bethpage MS ELA 2008-09 - - Verified - Elem 1 or more "admin error". - Long Island
Plainview-Old Bethpage MS ELA 2008-09 - - Verified - Elem 1 or more "admin error". - Long Island
Powell's Lane School MATH 2007-08 After G6 pre-tests were scored, it was found the grades were lower than the exams in the previous year. Allegations of assistance by teachers in G5 were made for the previous year. Investigation showed insufficient evidence existed to determine any misconduct occurred. Full report to follow. T. Schoeck sent thank you to Supt 4/1/08. Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
R W Carbonaro School ELA 2008-09 Anonymous allegation by a teacher that *****, in scoring exams, inflated scores. D Abrams requested an investigation by ***** on 4/21/09- report due 5/30/09. *****reported no evidence to sustantiate allegation 7/1/09. D Abrams sent thank you 7/15/09. Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
River Avenue Elementary School ELA, SS 2008-09 ***** teacher at River Avenue Elementary School alleges that ***** provides inappropriate aid to teachers. Same ***** teacher was alleged to previously provide aid when teaching at ***** School D Abrams ltr (4/22/11) to *****, asking to investigate; no prior investigation was conducted; Report rec'd from *****, (interim DS); allegations unfounded; DA to ***** 8/22/11 case closed Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Riverhead Charter School Unspecified 2007-08 Allegations that ***** disregarded test protocol. Included: 1) told students to "re-visit" their answers; 2) teachers marked their own student exams; 3) tests taken off-site and scored; D Abrams requested investigation by ***** on 7/25/08; report due 9/30/2008. Report rcd 12/18/08- no further action, although 3 issues were of concern. S Katz 12/30/08 asked Princ for ELA-6 answer sheets Verified - Elem - - Long Island
Riverside School Math 2009-10 Principal reviews test with faculty for 1 hour prior to administration Investigation requested of Nassau BOCES; report received August 17, 2010 and recommendations for future action included. Verified - Elem - - Long Island
Riverside School Math 2009-10 Anonymous allegation that scores increased with the arrival of *****, due to alignment with principal and scoring Score analysis over 3 years shows no substantiation of allegation. Decision not to investigate Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Roosevelt HS RE Misc 2010-11 Monitor visit resulted in report of exams materials not kept in secure lock box DA ltr 10/12/2011 to *****, *****, informing of security breach and continued monitoring Verified - Sec - - Long Island
Roosevelt UFSD HS RE ENG 2009-10 ELL students pass ELA exam with help from teachers; email allegation from ***@yahoo.com> 1/7/2011 4:19 PM Research team assigned score analysis; inconclusive; monitorin arranged for June 2011 Unverified - Sec - - Long Island
Sachem CSD (various) ELA, SCI 2007-08 Teachers are instructed to copy answer sheets for ELA; science not administered properly per *****. D Moore sent letter to Teacher association president indicate insufficient evidence Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Sacred Heart School ELA 2005-06 GVRNING DIOCESE INVESTIGATED; IMPLEMENTED REVISED TEACHER/PROCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM GVRNING DIOCESE INVESTIGATED; Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
Saddle Rock School ELA 2009-10 Parent alleged that her son was given assistance by teacher during exam. The teacher's conduct was questionable. D Abrams thanked ***** for report 5/28/10. Abrams asked ***** to investigate with School Supt and principal - report due 7/31/10. Rcd report 7/15/10- allegations substantiated. Verified - Elem 1 paper "admin error" Teacher "released" from e Long Island
Sag Harbor ES MATH 2008-09 Alleged anonymously that *****& ***** instructed teachers to change answers & scores. Teachers complied, fearful of retribution. Students are given tests back to "try again"on certain questions. D Abrams requested an investigation on 4/21/09 by *****- due 6/30/09. 6/12/09 Supt ###### submitted report to *****-- dismissing charges. D Abrams sent thank you to ***** 7/3/09. D Abrams sent results to ***** suggesting reinforcing scoring requirements 7/3/09 Unverified - Elem - - Long Island
School 5 ELA 2006-07 STUDENT REPORTED THAT HER MOTHER, A TEACHER AT ANOTHER DISTRICT, HAD GIVEN HER THE TEST - Verified - Elem 1 PAPER "ADM ERROR" UNKNOWN Long Island
Sewanhaka HS RE Global 2009-10 Alleged that a teacher gave improper assistance to a student during exam. School investigati verified it (for Grade 7 Math); also mentioned Math A 2007 Scored as "admin error" Verified - Sec 1 paper "admin error" - Long Island
Shoreham-Wading River High Schoo RCT USHG 2003-04 Return of restricted RCTs. Training regimen - Verified - - - - Long Island
Smith Street School ELA 2006-07 DEPARTMENT COMPLETED ERASURE ANALYSIS OF EXAM; NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE ALLEGATION REFERRED TO SED FOR ERASURE ANALYSIS; NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT ALLEGATION Unverified - Elem NONE NONE Long Island
Showing
of 432 records

advertisement | advertise on Newsday

advertisement | advertise on Newsday