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State investigating BTC test irregularity

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 29, 2011

The state is investigating an irregularity discovered in testing for General Equivalency Diplomas at Blackhawk Technical College.


A test sheet, which contained test questions, was not accounted for after a recent test session. That triggered the investigation, said Ed Robinson, vice president for student services at Blackhawk.


Robinson said some documents must be shredded after a test, and it’s likely the missing sheet was inadvertently included among papers that were shredded.


BTC has suspended high school diploma testing pending the investigation.


“It’s a big deal” because if someone obtained the test sheet and developed answers to the questions, the test would be compromised, Robinson said.


Robinson said he believes the tester simply made a mistake, but the review is conducted to make sure.


The tester is not suspended, but she is not allowed to conduct any testing until after the investigation is completed, Robinson said. He could not say whether disciplinary action might be taken, even if it was a mistake.


In GED testing, “you have to really be attentive to detail, and just one little thing like this could cause angst and inconvenience to other people, especially the students we serve, so we want to be sure we are doing things the right way and paying great attention to detail,” Robinson said.


Robinson said he expected the investigation to conclude within two weeks.



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