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LEA Investigations of Test Integrity Violations

After an initial review, if it believes further investigation is warranted, OSSE will contact the LEA to share the information it has collected and discuss the plan and timeline for further investigation. For the vast majority of allegations of test security violations, the LEA will be required to investigate or provide additional information regarding the allegation and provide a report to OSSE. OSSE reserves the right to conduct the investigation itself or hire a third-party contractor to conduct the investigation. When conducting its investigation, the LEA may conduct interviews with students about state test administration procedures; classroom seating arrangements; test site supervision, material distribution, retrieval, and missing materials; and state test booklet security, prior to, during, and after testing, as appropriate.

The LEA report must include a description of the situation, the time and place of occurrence, the names of the individual(s) involved in or witness to the occurrence, a review of the evidence, a summary of actions taken during the investigation, findings, and a recommended course of action based upon the findings. OSSE may require additional specific information from the LEA.

The report of findings and the LEA plan of action should be sent to:

Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Director of Assessments and Accountability
810 First Street NE, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20002

Following receipt of all required reports, OSSE will review the findings and, if applicable, recommended course of action, and make a final determination regarding the alleged violation. If it is found that a violation occurred, the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary and Secondary Education will share this finding with the LEA, the reason for this finding, and the corrective actions required by OSSE State Referred Independent investigation. For the most serious allegations of test security violations, OSSE may assign an independent investigator to conduct fact finding and provide a report.

Service Contact: 
Tonya Mead
Contact Phone: 
(202) 741-5991
Contact Fax: 
(202) 741-0256
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Test Integrity and Investigations
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Service Location: 

Education, Office of the State Superintendent of

GIS Address: 
810 1st Street NE