The breach of Montclair School assessments has made the NY Times. In an article published today written by Al Baker, Superintendent Dr. Penny MacCormack says the district is conducting a “full legal investigation.” She said that only “teachers and senior staff here would have password access” to the secure web portal that contains the exams.
The Times article also links to Barista Kids’ breaking post of the video from a group calling itself “Anonymous,” as in the hacking network, who claimed to be responsible for the breach.
Montclair Superintendent announced a Strategic Plan
to get the district aligned with the state mandated Common Core State Standards
and ready for the new testing, also state mandated, PARCC which students will take in 2015. Part of the plan were quarterly common assessments, which were developed by Montclair teachers over the summer to help measure how students were doing and as an informative device so teachers could adjust instruction and curriculum to ensure student learning. Over the weekend, someone posted 14, perhaps more, of the 1st unit assessments online
. The MEA
(Montclair Education Association) and Montclair Cares For Schools
( a parent group against the Strategic Plan’s assessments) immediately responded that the assessments not be given because they were compromised.
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