Should Minnesota do more to stop standardized test cheating?
ST. PAUL—Minnesota students completed more than 1 million standardized math, reading and science tests last spring, but school districts reported only one case of obvious cheating to the state Department of Education.
If more students or school staff are cheating — and test security experts say some certainly are — state officials have no way to find out.
The department relies on schools to police themselves when it comes to test security. It establishes procedures and asks districts to report any irregularities, but the state does not investigate those reports or use forensic tools to sniff out cheating.