It looks like there’s been some pretty blatant cheating on New York’s high stakes public school testing.
Can Kentuckians breathe easy?
I doubt there has ever been a rigorous check in Kentucky to see if all the test prep materials our kids get exposed to before CATS testing have any similar problems.
The Kentucky Department of Education only changes out a small portion (20% was the last number I heard) of the CATS questions every year. The rest are ‘repeaters.’ And, the department has been notoriously difficult about letting independent organizations look at the CATS questions. Furthermore, the department has only dribbled small amounts of obsolete questions out into public view. So, there isn’t an easy way for an independent and unbiased group to do this sort of badly needed study, either.