Texas Education Agency Wants $1 Million For Exam Security

AUSTIN (November 13, 2012)--The Texas Education Agency will ask the 2013 Legislature for $1 million to help investigate potential irregularities in student testing results.

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

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that the money would also help fund audits of random districts, which were discontinued because of 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 aggressively prosecuting teachers or administrators who cheat.

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