State Education Department

Oversight of Scoring Practices on Regents Examinations

Regents examinations are statewide tests for high school students in particular subject areas. Local school officials are responsible for scoring the exams and reporting the results to the State Education Department (Department). The Department reviews selected scored exams to evaluate the schools' compliance with guidelines. These reviews have identified significant inaccuracies that tended to inflate exam scores across the State. In audit report 2008-S-151, we found that the Department had done little to correct these inappropriate scoring practices. We recommended that certain actions be taken by the Department to strengthen its oversight of local scoring practices for Regents exams. When we followed up with Department officials, we found that they made significant progress in addressing the issues we identified in our initial report.

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