Students at 3 SLO County schools caught posting test images online
August 13, 2013
California Department of Education investigators caught students at three San Luis Obispo County schools posting images of 2013 standardized tests on social media websites. [Tribune]
Arroyo Grande High School, Atascadero High School and Templeton Independent High School were among 242 schools where students posted photos of this year’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exam on social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram.
Arroyo Grande High was one of 16 schools where students posted photos of actual STAR questions.
One Arroyo Grande High student snapped a photo with his cell phone of a graphic he drew on a test question. He took the photo when a substitute teacher was not looking and posted it on Instagram. Department of Education investigators discovered the post because it mentioned the STAR test.
Arroyo Grande High officials ordered the student to remove the photo from his phone despite concluding that it did not compromise the results of the test.
“We need to do a better job of monitoring students’ cell phone use,” said Arroyo Grand High Principal Tom Butler. “Basically, we let our guard down.”
The students caught posting images of the STAR test at Atascadero and Templeton Independent High School did not share photos of actual test questions or answers.
In 2012, the state Department of Education caught students at 216 schools posting photos the STAR test on social media sites.