The public release of this year’s California Standards Tests results will be delayed two weeks, until Aug. 31. Blame it on the students who took cell phones into test sites in April, and then posted photos of exam questions on Facebook and other social media.

ETS, the contractor for administering tests, and the state Department of Education have determined that the breach of security didn’t affect test results, Paul Hefner, spokesperson for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, said Tuesday. But the effort it took to reach that conclusion – looking for patterns of irregularities in answers – has led to the delay, Hefner said.

Mainly high school students posted 441 photos from test sites on social media over about a 10-day period, Hefner said, but only 36 – less than 10 percent – were photos of actual test questions. The rest were shots of desks, closed exam books, and words that students created by filling in bubbles (clearly not the correct answers) on answer sheets. What worried ETS was the possibility that more photos were shared but not posted on the Internet.

Some schools apparently disciplined students who posted photos from the exams, but the Department of Education has not decided what, if any, action to take against districts that violated the no-phones protocol, Hefner said.

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Facebook and other media sites cooperated when asked to take down the photos as a violation of copyrighted material, Hefner said.


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  1. Mary 10 years ago10 years ago

    When will the 2013 results be available in California?


    • John Fensterwald 10 years ago10 years ago

      The districts have had the results for a few weeks, Mary — sooner than in the past, but I’ve been told by CDE that the release date remains mid-August.

  2. Jennynguyen 11 years ago11 years ago

    I don’t understand u guy because the letter said will delay untill aug 31. How the school receive them today?

  3. Erika 11 years ago11 years ago

    When are going to get them I just want to know my scores !!!!

  4. Sarah Auerswald 11 years ago11 years ago

    Why are the results delayed for the students when the schools received them today?


    • Navigio 11 years ago11 years ago

      They probably received them earlier than today. They are always released to districts before the public since the district gets data the public doesn’t get access to.

  5. kevin 11 years ago11 years ago

    They should have gotten their results already. If not, their school has it.

  6. Anita Tam 11 years ago11 years ago

    Are the students, for sure, going to recieve their test scores on, or before August 31, 2012?