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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-74
August 9, 2013
Contact: Paul Hefner
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

California Department of Education Monitors Social Media During STAR Tests

SACRAMENTO—Heightened monitoring and reporting of California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments this year identified 242 schools where social media postings occurred during administration of the tests, only 16 of which included postings of test questions or answers.

None of the postings affected school test results. As in 2012, when similar numbers of social media postings occurred, the majority involved students posing with the covers of test booklets or with materials that were not legible. The California Department of Education (CDE) placed a cautionary flag on the publicly posted test results for all schools where a posting occurred. (A list of the flagged schools is attached.)

"We take the validity and reliability of our assessments very seriously, and our schools do too, which is why we redoubled our efforts to monitor these postings and alerted school districts when they occurred," said Deputy Superintendent Deb Sigman, who oversees assessments and accountability issues for CDE. "These postings look to be attempts by students to gain attention among their friends, not an effort to gain an advantage on a test."

The 242 schools identified this year compares with 216 schools in 2012. That year, 12 schools had postings that included legible test questions or answers.

In addition to the more rigorous monitoring, CDE also conducted random security audits, instructed examiners and STAR coordinators as to the proper protocol, and reinforced the responsibilities of local officials to maintain security of all test material.

Though the implications for accountability have not yet been determined, in general, if a security breach affects less than 5 percent of the number of students tested, the school is ineligible for academic awards. If the breach affects more than 5 percent of the number of students tested, the school's API—the state's measure of accountability—could be invalidated.

Final decisions regarding accountability reports for affected schools will be made within the next few weeks, when CDE releases its statewide accountability reports.

Attachment

2013 Schools with Social Media Postings of Legible Test Items

Number

District Name

School Name

1

Anaheim Union High

Magnolia High

2

Bishop Unified

Bishop Union High

3

Burbank Unified

Monterey High (Continuation)

4

East Side Union High

Yerba Buena High

5

Eureka Senior High

Eureka Senior High

6

Lake Elsinore Unified

Lakeside High

7

Los Angeles Unified

Alexander Hamilton Senior High

8

Los Angeles Unified

Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High

9

Lucia Mar Unified

Arroyo Grande High

10

Manteca Unified

East Union High

11

Northern Humboldt Union High

Arcata High

12

Pittsburg Unified

Pittsburg Senior High

13

Pleasanton Unified

Amador Valley High

14

San Francisco Unified School District

Lowell High School

15

Santa Barbara Unified

La Cumbre Junior High School

16

Santa Maria Joint Union High

Righetti (Ernest) High

2013 Identified Schools with Images on Social Media (Not including test items)

Number

District Name

School Name

1

Acalanes Union High

Acalanes High

2

Albany City Unified

Albany High

3

Alvord Unified

Norte Vista High

4

Antioch Unified

Dallas Ranch Middle

5

Antioch Unified

Antioch High

6

Antioch Unified

Black Diamond Middle

7

Arcata Elementary

Sunny Brae Middle

8

Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy

Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy

9

Atascadero Unified

Atascadero High

10

Azusa Unified

Sierra High

11

Baldwin Park Unified

Jerry D. Holland Middle

12

Bellflower Unified

Mayfair High

13

Benicia Unified

Benicia High

14

Berkeley Unified

Berkeley High

15

Borrego Springs Unified

Borrego Springs High

16

Brawley Union High

Brawley High

17

Calexico Unified

Calexico High

18

Capistrano Unified

San Clemente High

19

Central Unified

Central High East Campus

20

Chaffey Joint Union High

Alta Loma High

21

Chaffey Joint Union High

Etiwanda High

22

Chaffey Joint Union High

Colony High

23

Chaffey Joint Union High

Chaffey High

24

Chaffey Joint Union High

Montclair High

25

Chaffey Joint Union High

Ontario High

26

Charter School of San Diego

Charter School of San Diego

27

Claremont Unified

Community Day

28

Claremont Unified

El Roble Intermediate

29

Clovis Unified

Clovis North High

30

Clovis Unified

Clovis East High

31

Clovis Unified

Alta Sierra Intermediate

32

Coalinga-Huron Unified

Coalinga High

33

Colton Joint Unified

Grand Terrace High

34

Colton Joint Unified

Bloomington High

35

Colton Joint Unified

Colton High

36

Conejo Valley Unified

Westlake High

37

Corcoran Joint Unified

Corcoran High

38

Corona-Norco Unified

Centennial High

39

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified

El Monte Middle

40

Downtown College Prep - Alum Rock

Downtown College Prep -- Alum Rock

41

East Side Union High

Independence High

42

East Side Union High

Evergreen Valley High

43

East Side Union High

Andrew P. Hill High

44

East Side Union High

Mount Pleasant High

45

East Side Union High

Oak Grove High

46

East Side Union High

William C. Overfelt High

47

El Dorado Union High

El Dorado High

48

El Rancho Unified

El Rancho High

49

El Rancho Unified

Rivera Middle

50

Elk Grove Unified

Pleasant Grove High

51

Elk Grove Unified

Valley High

52

Elk Grove Unified

Sheldon High

53

Elk Grove Unified

James Rutter Middle

54

Enterprise Elementary

Parsons Junior High

55

Escondido Union High

San Pasqual High

56

Fairfield-Suisun Unified

Angelo Rodriguez High

57

Fairfield-Suisun Unified

Sem Yeto Continuation High

58

Farmersville Unified

Farmersville Junior High

59

Fillmore Unified

Fillmore Senior High

60

Folsom Cordova Unified

Cordova High

61

Fowler Unified

John Sutter Middle

62

Fremont Unified

American High

63

Fremont Union High

Cupertino High

64

Fremont Union High

Fremont High

65

Fremont Union High

Monta Vista High

66

Fresno Unified

Edison High

67

Garden Grove Unified

Los Amigos High

68

Garden Grove Unified

Rancho Alamitos High

69

Gateway Unified

Central Valley High

70

Gilroy Unified

Gilroy High

71

Glendale Unified

Herbert Hoover High

72

Glendora Unified

Glendora High

73

Glendora Unified

Goddard Middle

74

Greater San Diego Academy

Greater San Diego Academy

75

Hayward Unified

Mt. Eden High

76

Hayward Unified

Tennyson High

77

Hesperia Unified

Hesperia High

78

Huntington Beach Union High

Westminster High

79

Inglewood Unified

Monroe (Albert F.) Middle

80

Irvine Unified

Woodbridge High

81

Jefferson Union High

Terra Nova High

82

Jurupa Unified

Peralta Elementary

83

Kerman Unified

Kerman High

84

Kern Union High

Mira Monte High

85

Kern Union High

Arvin High

86

Kern Union High

Stockdale High

87

Kern Union High

East Bakersfield High

88

Kern Union High

Foothill High

89

Kings Canyon Joint Unified

Reedley High

90

Lake Elsinore Unified

Elsinore High

91

Lemoore Union Elementary

Liberty Middle

92

Lincoln Unified

Sierra Middle

93

Long Beach Unified

Jordan High

94

Long Beach Unified

Lakewood High

95

Long Beach Unified

Wilson High

96

Los Angeles Education Corps Charter

Los Angeles Education Corps Charter

97

Los Angeles Unified

Richard A. Alonzo Community Day

98

Los Angeles Unified

Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing

99

Los Angeles Unified

Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy

100

Los Angeles Unified

South Region High #9B Visual and Performing Arts

101

Los Angeles Unified

Stoney Point Continuation

102

Los Angeles Unified

Eagle Rock High

103

Los Angeles Unified

John H. Francis Polytechnic

104

Los Angeles Unified

Benjamin Franklin Senior High

105

Los Angeles Unified

Gardena High

106

Los Angeles Unified

David Starr Jordan Senior High

107

Los Angeles Unified

Los Angeles Senior High

108

Los Angeles Unified

Manual Arts Senior High

109

Los Angeles Unified

San Pedro Senior High

110

Los Angeles Unified

Sylmar Senior High

111

Los Angeles Unified

William Howard Taft Charter High

112

Los Angeles Unified

Woodrow Wilson Senior High

113

Los Angeles Unified

City of Angels

114

Los Angeles Unified

William Mulholland Middle

115

Los Angeles Unified

San Fernando Middle

116

Los Angeles Unified

Stephen M. White Middle

117

Los Angeles Unified

Foshay Learning Center

118

Los Banos Unified

Pacheco High

119

Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter Middle

Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter Middle

120

Manteca Unified

Weston Ranch High

121

Manteca Unified

Sierra High

122

Martinez Unified

Alhambra Senior High

123

Millbrae Elementary

Taylor Middle

124

Milpitas Unified

Milpitas High

125

Modesto City High

James C. Enochs High

126

Modesto City High

Thomas Downey High

127

Mojave Unified

Mojave Jr./Sr. High

128

Montebello Unified

Bell Gardens High

129

Montebello Unified

Bell Gardens Intermediate

130

Moreno Valley Unified

Canyon Springs High

131

Moreno Valley Unified

Moreno Valley High

132

Mt. Diablo Unified

Horizons Alternative

133

Mt. Diablo Unified

College Park High

134

Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo High

135

Murrieta Valley Unified

Vista Murrieta High

136

Needles Unified

Needles High

137

New Haven Unified

James Logan High

138

Newark Unified

Newark Memorial High

139

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified

John H. Glenn High

140

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified

Norwalk High

141

Ojai Unified

Nordhoff High

142

Ojai Unified

Matilija Junior High

143

Orange Unified

Orange High

144

Orland Unified

Orland High

145

Oroville Union High

Las Plumas High

146

Oxnard

Robert J. Frank Intermediate

147

Oxnard Union High

Oxnard High

148

Palo Verde Unified

Palo Verde High

149

Pasadena Unified

John Muir High

150

Patterson Joint Unified

Patterson High

151

Perris Union High

Paloma Valley High

152

Perris Union High

Perris High

153

Petaluma Joint Union High

Petaluma High

154

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified

Esperanza High

155

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified

El Camino Real Continuation High

156

Pomona Unified

Cortez Elementary

157

Rialto Unified

Wilmer Amina Carter High

158

Rialto Unified

Rialto High

159

Rim of the World Unified

Mary P. Henck Intermediate

160

Riverside Unified

Amelia Earhart Middle

161

Rosedale Union Elementary

Rosedale Middle

162

Roseville Joint Union High

Antelope High

163

Roseville Joint Union High

Woodcreek High

164

Sacramento Charter High

Sacramento Charter High

165

Sacramento City Unified

Rosemont High

166

Saddleback Valley Unified

El Toro High

167

Saddleback Valley Unified

Mission Viejo High

168

Saddleback Valley Unified

La Paz Intermediate

169

Salinas Union High

Salinas High

170

San Bernardino City Unified

Indian Springs High

171

San Diego Unified

University City High

172

San Diego Unified

Point Loma High

173

San Diego Unified

Taft Middle

174

San Diego Unified

Hickman Elementary

175

San Dieguito Union High

Canyon Crest Academy

176

San Joaquin County Office of Education

Venture Academy

177

San Juan Unified

El Camino Fundamental High

178

San Juan Unified

John Barrett Middle

179

San Lorenzo Unified

Arroyo High

180

San Mateo Union High

Burlingame High

181

San Ramon Valley Unified

Gale Ranch Middle

182

San Ramon Valley Unified

California High

183

Sanger Unified

Community Day

184

Sanger Unified

Sanger High

185

Santa Ana Unified

Hector G. Godinez

186

Santa Ana Unified

Century High

187

Santa Barbara Unified

Santa Barbara Senior High

188

Santa Clara Unified

Santa Clara High

189

Santa Clara Unified

Adrian Wilcox High

190

Santa Paula Union High

Santa Paula High

191

Santa Rosa High

Elsie Allen High

192

Selma Unified

Abraham Lincoln Middle

193

Sequoia Union High

Woodside High

194

Shasta Union High

Foothill High

195

Simi Valley Unified

Simi Valley High

196

Snowline Joint Unified

Serrano High

197

South San Francisco Unified

El Camino High

198

South San Francisco Unified

South San Francisco High

199

Southern Kern Unified

Rosamond High

200

Sweetwater Union High

San Ysidro High

201

Sweetwater Union High

Otay Ranch Senior High

202

Sylvan Union Elementary

Somerset Middle

203

Tehachapi Unified

Tehachapi High

204

Templeton Unified

Templeton Independent Study High

205

Tulare Joint Union High

Tulare Western High

206

Turlock Unified

Turlock High

207

Twin Rivers Unified

Foothill High

208

Ukiah Unified

Ukiah High

209

Upland Unified

Upland High

210

Vacaville Unified

Country High

211

Vacaville Unified

Vacaville High

212

Vallejo City Unified

Hogan Middle

213

Valley Center-Pauma Unified

Valley Center Middle

214

Victor Valley Union High

Adelanto High

215

Victor Valley Union High

Silverado High

216

Victor Valley Union High

Victor Valley High

217

Walnut Valley Unified

Diamond Bar High

218

Washington Unified

River City High

219

West Contra Costa Unified

De Anza Senior High

220

West Contra Costa Unified

El Cerrito Senior High

221

West Contra Costa Unified

Kennedy High

222

Wheatland Union High

Wheatland Community Day High

223

William S. Hart Union High

Saugus High

224

William S. Hart Union High

William S. Hart Senior High

225

Woodland Joint Unified

Lee Middle

226

Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified

Yucaipa High

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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