Using the same type of data-analysis software employed by schools to track the progress of students and ensure they are meeting all relevant standards, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is launching an effort to catch cheating on standardized tests.

Officials will hire an outside expert to review security measures and build a tracking system to monitor test-score irregularities that could signal cheating, according to reports released on Jan. 10.

"We have zero tolerance for cheating," Texas Education Agency Commissioner Shirley Neeley said in a statement released before a news conference.

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