Texas Education Agency Seeks $1M for Exam Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Education Agency will ask the 2013 Legislature for $1 million to help investigate potential irregularities in student testing results.

Officials say the funds would bolster the second year of the new standardized test called STAAR, for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that the money would also help fund audits of random districts. Such audits were discontinued due to funding cuts.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams says the money would help create a special investigations unit in case of STAAR irregularities or other security violations.

More than 40 teachers and administrators across the state have been sanctioned over the past five years.

TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe says the agency is continuing to aggressively prosecute teachers or administrators who cheat.

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