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KFDM News learns monitors to observe BISD testing beginning Monday
BEAUMONT - KFDM News has learned the Texas Education Agency is making arrangements to put monitors in place beginning Monday, July 8 through July 16 for state testing of students in the Beaumont Independent School District.
The move is part of the agency's investigation into claims of cheating on tests in BISD as well as other complaints.
Here's what we know: 8 monitors, all from the Region Five Education Service Center, will conduct the monitoring. They're not from the Beaumont ISD. All are former superintendents, superintendent certified or test administrator certified. One will be placed on each campus. Their jobs are to strictly observe the process and take notes.
Board member Mike Neil told KFDM News he's looking forward to the TEA investigation.
"I'm excited about the T.E.A. coming to town," Neil told KFDM News. "I think we need to put some things to bed. If there are things going on that are wrong, we need to right them. If things are not wrong, then we need to move one."
Neil doesn't believe any test administrators will help students cheat during the summer season because they'll know independent monitors are watching the testing. Neil says the monitors will prevent kids from being cheated out of an education.
"Whether a kid is poor, whether a kid is rich, or whether a kid is middle class, they all have dreams of doing something," Neil told KFDM. Whether it's to be a reporter, whether it's to be a doctor, whether it's to be a lawyer, whether it's to be a fireman, they all have dreams. And if we cheat them out of their education, then that's cheating that kid for the rest of his life, and I take that very personally. And I intend to remove anyone I can who has been cheating."
In a letter to the district, the Texas Education Agency has said it's investigating claims of cheating on tests and questions about special education, attendance and financial records.