Established in March 2012, the New York State Education Department’s Test Security Unit is responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of New York State assessments. The TSU works to deter and remedy testing misconduct by educators and administrators who are involved in the administration and scoring of New York State assessments. TSU’s legal and investigative personnel review and investigate allegations of cheating submitted to the Department from sources that include school districts, educators, parents, and the public. The TSU carefully determines whether testing misconduct occurred, and if so, what corrective actions are warranted, including potential disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Part 83 and/or Education Law §3020-a. The TSU serves an important training and educational function as well, developing model testing policies and practices, and educating district personnel about them.
The TSU’s responsibilities include:
- Ensuring security and integrity of New York State assessments;
- Developing model New York State test security policies and procedures;
- Intake of complaints about educator cheating via Incident Report Form found on the TSU website and from other sources;
- Reviewing alleged testing irregularities involving educators;
- With Integrity Officers, conducting comprehensive investigations into complaints;
- Pursuing discipline and corrective action where testing misconduct is verified;
- Providing training materials to New York State educators; and
- Reporting to the public about TSU activities and the results of its investigations.