Fremont PS: No violations in ACT case

FREMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials with the Fremont School District say the district has been cleared in an investigation of possible ACT and Michigan Merit Exam cheating.

The Michigan Department of Education in April started investigating whether the tests were improperly administered at Fremont High School, a spokesman told 24 Hour News 8.

A tipster told 24 Hour News 8 in early April the high school juniors taking the tests were helped by calculators that had a program on them with step-by-step instructions to solve some types of math problems.

Fremont schools officials told 24 Hour News 8 they believe the calculators shown in photos given to 24 Hour News 8 by the tipster belong to the district. ACT said Monday similar programs providing step-by-step instructions are allowed during its test.

On Friday, Jim Hieftje, superintendent of Fremont Public Schools, and Scott Sherman, Fremont High School’s principal, released a statement on the district’s Facebook page saying national and state officials state the “test administrators did not violate ACT rules for administration of the test.”

“The review from the national office of the American College Test found no irregularity or impropriety. They determined that the use of the calculators did not violate the stated administration rules for the March 2014 ACT assessment,” read the statement.

You can read the full statement from Fremont Public Schools here:

When 24 Hour News 8 reached out to the Michigan Department of Education for confirmation on this statement, the MDE released a statement saying: “The MDE will release a full report of its findings next week in accordance with a required five-day waiting period that follows our notification to a district of the results of an investigation such as this one. We cannot comment further at this time.”

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