PARCC test breach confirmed at Woodbridge High School

PARCC test breach confirmed at Woodbridge High School
  1. PARCC test breach confirmed at Woodbridge High School
    According to a report released in June, a teacher failed to follow test administration protocol as the Test Administrator by viewing "test content, influencing the students' responses and allowing the students to …
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Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, D-18th, talks about the controversial standardized PARCC test and his legislation that may delay its implementation. VIDEO COURTESY OF ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS

ASSOCIATED PRESSThe passing rate on state exams went up in nearly every grade and every subject last spring in New Jersey – the second year that the exams known as PARCC were given in grades 3 to 11. Associated Press PARCC tests students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. ASSOCIATED PRESSThe PARCC tests were based on Common Core standards. file photoOpposition to PARCC isn?t limited to some rogue superintendents or a cabal of naysaying, distrustful parents. Criticism is widespread and varied, much of it coming from educators themselves.In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)(Photo: Ty Wright / ap)


WOODBRIDGE – Board of Education officials are to present a corrective action plan Thursday following a breach of "security and confidentially' during the 2016 Fall Block Partnership for assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing at Woodbridge High School.

According to a report released in June, a teacher failed to follow test administration protocol as the Test Administrator by viewing "test content, influencing the students' responses and allowing the students to talk." 

The incident, reported to school officials in February, resulted in a several months-long investigation by the state's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance (OFAC).

The PARCC test was administered to the township students in from Dec. 15 through 19, 2016, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Zega. The breach concerned the Mathematics 2016 Fall Block PARCC.

READ: How the testing craze scandalized Woodbridge schools and cheated kids out of learning

READ: State releases every school's PARCC score

READ: Survey: Middlesex County educators dissatisfied with PARCC

According to Zega and OFAC, a parent emailed Woodbridge High School Principal Glenn Lottmann on Feb. 8 requesting a meeting. During the meeting, held later the same day, the parent said that their child said Jacquelyn Conroy, a mathematics teacher and PARCC test administrator, "participated in behavior that may have breached the security of the test." It was alleged that Conroy "looked at students' computer screens, told them to skip problems because they did not learn the material, and explained a problem on the board." Students were also permitted to talk once they finished with the test, though other students were still taking the test.

Further, one student who had taken the PARCC earlier in the day was permitted to sit in the classroom while others' took the test and was able to see multiple screens. That student and two others reviewed mathematic concepts after school with Conroy. 

In February, three students were asked to write statements based on their own experience and the statements confirmed the allegation.

"Once we heard about it, we reported it to OFAC," Zega said. "It was a self-reported security breach." 

OFAC released its report on the incident on June 12. According to OFAC a review of the self-reported test breach was conducted during which the statements, relevant documents and interviews with individuals thought to have relevant knowledge, including Conroy, several teachers, administrators and more than 30 students.

The OFAC report determined that based on witn…

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