"The letter said that there was some evidence of plagiarism," said Frenship School Administrator, Brenda Wilson. The Frienship School District recently received a letter from the Texas Education Agency, which outlined allegations of cheating on the TAKS field test. "It involved allegedly two 11th grade students at our high school and it was on the writing section of the TAKS field test," said Wilson.
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test, otherwise known as the TAKS test, was undergoing a practice run by state education officials to work out any kinks before being given for real next spring. Statewide - 46 students were suspected of plagiarism on the essay portion of the test, with two of the students from Frenship.
"I think there's a lot of fear," said TEA official Linda Rowntree. She says that raising the bar in state education doesn't come easy for everyone. "It is a rigorous set of expectations, and therefore the test is rigorous as well."
Frenship officials plan to review testing procedures to ensure a smooth ride next spring. "We're going to look at where testing occurs, the number of students in testing rooms, just review all the procedures and make sure we have adequate staff," says Wilson.
It's an effort that Linda Rowntree says will no doubt pay off. "I think there's some fear over taks but, I think we're going to come out fine because I do believe that every district, at least in this region, does a real good job educating kids," said Rowntree.