LEAP security is tight

March 19, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon

Behind closed doors, under lock and key, that's where the highly guarded LEAP, iLEAP and GEE tests are hidden until testing starts. Teacher Kelli Miguez says, "It's a lot like Fort Knox, we like to call it on testing week."

The tests are kept so secure, we can't see them, so we can't show them to you, and there are so many restrictions, we can't show kids taking them either. The real tests are sealed with tabs that only the students are allowed to break moments before testing. Counselor Anita Sanders says, "Kids take an oath of security saying they're going to follow the rules of the test and the teachers also sign an oath saying they're going to follow the test procedures the way the manuals say to do."

But even before they reach the students, every test and every test number is accounted for. Miguez says, "We have to sign in and out and count each numbered document that we have. Each child has his own numbered document." And the state department of education wants every single test back, no matter what. Miguez says, "There have been instances when kids have gotten physically ill on their booklets, and they had to take it and put it in a Ziplock and turn it in to the State of Louisiana." Sanders says, "We have to collect the book. We put it in a Ziplock and we actually transfer answers into a new document for the student."

And while testing is going on, teachers never know when a local or state monitor may pop in for a surprise visit to make sure everything is on the up and up.