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EPISD task force aims to prevent cheating in district

EPISD task force aims to prevent cheating in district
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:54pm

What will it take to prevent the cheating at El Paso I.S.D from happening again?
That's what a special task force has been tackling.

It all stems from the cheating that began in Bowie High more than four years ago, where administrators would change students' credits to keep them from taking state-mandated tests.

The 10-member group, called the Student Information Task Force, is made up of leaders from campuses across the district.

They're adding to the district's Corrective Action Plan.

NewsChannel 9 spoke to the man leading the task force, Assistant Superintendent Dr. James Steinhauser, about their progress.

Since September, they've been developing new policies and rules, even a system where they can see if a grade has been changed, and why, said Steinhauser.

They are also looking at ways to keep campuses honest, he said.

"We will begin, for example, from Central Office, we will go out to campuses and do random audits of student folders to make sure what we're seeing in our electronic system matches what we see in the student folder on campus."

They should complete their findings and implementations by June 30th.

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