FREMONT, Mich (April 10, 2014) – A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education says a formal investigation is underway at Fremont High School into the way the ACT and Michigan Merit Exams have been administered.
In a statement released Thursday, MDE spokesperson Bill Disessa says the actions alleged to have occurred are very serious and the state has opened a formal investigation into the matter.
The investigation follows information sent to FOX17 last week by an individual claiming to have ties to the school district that wished to remain anonymous. The individual says a file was transferred onto student calculators the day before exams were given containing information that isn’t allowed by the ACT.
The file called “ACT help information” is alleged to have contained cheat sheets and step-by-step instructions on how to solve problems. The individual also sent FOX17 images of the file on the calculators taken with a cell phone.
FOX17 reached out to administrators with the ACT in Iowa, who say there are portions of the exam where students are allowed access to a calculator, but several functions are prohibited. Officials with the ACT also said they cannot comment on an investigation, nor confirm or deny that an investigation is underway.
FOX 17 also contacted Fremont Schools Superintendent Jim Hieftje last week about the allegations, who said it was the first he’d heard of the claims, adding the district would never take part in any action that would jeopardize the sincerity of the testing process.
When findings of the MDE’s formal investigation are released FOX17 will have them for you.
(FOX17’s Jessica McMaster contributed to this report)