Atlanta schools’ standardized tests are treated like prison inmates: held in double-locked rooms, protected by a chain of custody and watched by video surveillance.
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Here are steps some metro school districts take to try to prevent cheating, according to the school systems:
Clayton County adopted new precautions because of Atlanta’s cheating problems. Every school must go through on-site security training, safe rooms are only accessible by each school’s testing coordinator, and no teachers are permitted to test their own students.
Gwinnett County schools must each submit a testing plan and undergo mandatory training before every assessment.
Cobb County schools adhere to chain-of-custody procedures whenever testing materials leave or enter secure locations, and tests are counted to ensure none is missing.
Fulton County schools each designate a testing coordinator — usually an assistant principal — who manages test security. Each school has a locked storage area for tests, and only the testing coordinator has the key.