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Amador Valley High one of more than 200 schools statewide to have 'breach' in STAR testing

Original post made on Aug 12, 2013

The Pleasanton school district's Amador Valley High is one of more than 200 schools statewide to have a security breach in STAR testing earlier this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 12, 2013, 5:18 PM

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Prank or not, whoever this student is should realize that funding can be put at jeopardy over this stupid action. This article almost makes it out to be that it was a "teen being a teen."

Kids today are too connected to the world. Too many pictures of duck faces.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Who is monitoring these kids during testing?


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Posted by parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Happy to see Foothills not on this list. Way to go Falcons!


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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Asking students to turn in cell phones - genius idea!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Are cheating and lying a way that adolescents learn how to become more functional adults. A way of learning how to protect themselves?

Human beings throughout human history have lied and cheated...it's nothing new and it certainly is not a "sin" but a useful social skill.

Does everybody lie and how often daily?


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

If you read the article in the Chronicle, it doesn't sound as benign as Ms. Steward makes it out to be. Apparently the district can face sanctions if it is determined the integrity of the test was compromised. Funny how the Pleasanton Weekly once again puts the spin on anything negative about Amador Valley High School. Perhaps we should wait and see if this was just a foolish prank after all or something more.


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Posted by Unions vs. Education
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


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Posted by PARENT
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

Here is the link,
Web Link
Doesn't look like nothing to me.


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Posted by Dublin Teacher
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

At Dublin High, we take each student's cell phone before testing. They don't get it back until testing is done for that day. It takes 2 minutes to do this. No one puts up a fight, and collecting phones takes like 2 minutes. Easy solution.


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Posted by JT
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

Kids don't take rules seriously unless they are visibly enforced. If the school is serious about this rule, then the "teen being a teen" needs to be publicly shamed and punished. Or it will happen next year. Again, authorities need to be teaching accountability over compassion.


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Posted by Pathetic spin PUSD
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

I found the coverage of this story offensive here and in the Patch. So much back peddling by PUSD. Yes, kids post everything on social media today. Duh! Clearly testing controls were not in place and now jeopardizes funding. How is this different from the kids across the bay who are having to re-take AP exams due to incompetent staff? Geez... take some responsibility PUSD.


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Posted by Retired Educator
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

Collecting cell phones would seem the logical solution; however, we also should consider the value of the STAR test.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

Cheating is not the end of the world.

i rest my case...


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Posted by dog lover
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

How easy would it be for the children to place their phones on a table and retrieve them after the test ?This generation is very connected and post everything, not realizing the repercussions of putting everything on line.


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Posted by kc
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I am not sure if schools can legally collect cell phones, after the various acts that have occurred on school campuses. BUT, I could be wrong. It would be interesting to know for sure.

Cheating is wrong, and making a joke of something that should be taken seriously is too bad. But, I do feel for these kids. They are constantly assessed, quizzed, and tested. I am glad that I am not in school anymore.


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Posted by Dublin Teacher
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Schools can definitely collect cell phones, provided that (1) there is a clear policy regarding cell phone use in school, and the kid is aware of such a policy, and the kid broke the policy; (2) the school confiscates it for a reasonable amount of time (a class period, until the end of the day, until a parent comes to collect it, etc); and (3) the school does not infringe upon the privacy of the kid (by randomly looking through text messages without cause, etc).

Collecting a cell phone in a box for two or three hours while said box is kept in the same classroom with the students is an absolutely reasonable policy. If kids don't like it, they can keep the phones at home on days of testing.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

A cell phone is free speech...however, if you hear voices coming from a cell phone, you are mostly coo-coo and need a pill!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Dublin Teacher writes:

"It takes 2 minutes to do this. No one puts up a fight, and collecting phones takes like 2 minutes."

Maybe we should test the teachers before we test the students.

Mike




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Posted by Dublin Teacher
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Mike:

Haha, whoops. Did I mention it only takes a couple minutes to do this?

Glad I could make the guy-that-needs-to-jump-on-any-sort-of-mistake-as-a-way-to-demonstrate-their-internet-superiority feel like he's done his job for the day. Keep combing more message boards and show everyone how smart and witty you are.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Dublin Teacher,

"the guy-that-needs-to-jump-on-any-sort-of-mistake-as-a-way-to-demonstrate-their-internet-superiority"

Like I said, maybe we should test the teachers. We might start with pronouns.

Mike


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

What motivates lying: Web Link

VIVA STUDENTS! VIVA!

everybody lies...tee hee hee...


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Cholo,

That was a nice article. Thanks for the link. TIL that "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine" is a lie. My experience with women over the years had me convinced that it was an unmistakable indication of clear and present danger.

Mike


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Posted by Awesome Amador
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Amador is a great school. The kids got away with something that is ultimately not a big deal anyway. Next year there will be more caution with the testing but really who cares? These standardized tests are stupid and tell us nothing about what our kids are learning anyway.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Awesome,

Would that be a personal opinion, or do you have facts you could share with us?

Mike


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

a test is a test is a test...it is helpful...however, you seem to believe that nothing tells us anything...

most of the young people that i've known have alot to look forward to...ups 'n downs, being joyful about being alive...developing lifelong friendships, protecting the environments, paying taxes...better stop


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