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Special supervision as Glen Cove students take state exams

Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove on April

Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove on April 12, 2013. Credit: Steve Pfost

About 1,430 students in the Glen Cove City School District sat for state exams Tuesday under special supervision because 18 teachers in two elementary schools are under investigation for allegedly coaching students on last year's tests.

Glen Cove students in grades 3-8, as in other districts throughout the state, took the first part of standardized English and math tests. A state Department of Education monitor participated in supervision of tests at Connolly and Landing elementary schools and Robert M. Finley Middle School.

"To ensure the integrity of the testing, the district followed a state-approved comprehensive plan of oversight management," Superintendent Joseph Laria said in a statement.

The 18 teachers proctored exams, as approved in the oversight plan, but not in their own classrooms, Laria said. None of those teachers proctored their own students, he said.

In addition, two school administrators and each of the respective schools' principals served as "floating" supervisors. Laria and the state monitor visited every classroom, the superintendent said.

Education Department spokesman Tom Dunn said testing at the Connolly and Landing schools "appeared to our monitor to be conducted in compliance with state requirements."

This year's new, more rigorous tests are the first based on national Common Core academic standards. The assesssments require a total of seven to nine hours, depending on grade level, spread over six days.

Last week, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice opened an investigation into allegations of testing administration irregularities at Connolly and Landing elementary schools, the district's schools for students in grades 3 to 5.

The district had begun its own probe of the alleged coaching in November, following a complaint from a parent the month before.On Monday, Rice's office announced it also was looking into allegations of two altered Regents' exam grades at Glen Cove High School.

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