The Wall Street Journal has an article about the newly appointed anti-cheating czar. This comes hot off the heals of many complaints about the relaxed security during exams
The state said Tuesday it hired Tina Sciocchetti, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York, to lead a new squad dedicated to preventing cheating by teachers or other educators and investigating egregious cases.
In the past, the state Education Department has acted as a repository of information, taking reports—by fax—of suspected cheating. But it didn’t do much with the information, verifying about half of the roughly 100 cases it heard about every year.
Now, as students’ test scores start to affect teachers’ careers, state education officials said it’s time to step up their game.
Hank Greenberg, who reviewed the state Education Department’s policies, delivered a report Monday that criticized past practices. He recommended hiring a staff of between five to 10 people whose job would include coaching districts to prevent cheating and investigate cases that seem to indicate widespread cheating.
Ms. Sciocchetti will start March 29 at a salary of $140,000 as executive director of test security and educator integrity, state officials said. The department said she was recommended by several people, including Mr. Greenberg, based on her investigative experience. The department didn’t advertise, but in February launched what a spokesman called a “targeted search” for someone with experience in white-collar crime.