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State education officials disallow test results from Green Bay school


UNDATED (WSAU) State education officials have thrown out the results of a standardized math test in a Green Bay school where a former principal shared some of the questions with teachers in advance. The Department of Public Instruction said 200 third-through-fifth graders at Eisenhower Elementary School had an “improper advantage” last fall.

Officials said the school allowed students to see sample tests which had questions similar to those in the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam. The D-P-I said the action compromised the validity of the test scores – but the youngsters will not have to re-take the test. Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld reported the problem to the state two months after learning about it, and officials said she should have done it more quickly.

The principal at the time, Claudia Orr, said she thought she had approval from a district official to share the questions. After the incident became known, Orr was transferred – and she became the school district’s Director-of-Instruction. The state says it does not recommend disciplinary action in test security cases – and Green Bay school officials have said little about that.