In an age when district funding and even teacher pay raises are tied directly to student performance on state exams, it can be tempting for educators to cheat the system, such as by giving students the answers to test questions in advance. Indeed, instances of fraud in the administration of high-stakes exams are on the rise since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law in 2001.

Now, in response to this trend, a growing number of states are contracting with outside firms to guard against such testing fraud.

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