San Francisco's Gateway High School was flagged for review because students may have posted standardized test materials on social-media websites.
According to the California Department of Education, 72 schools were flagged for social-media postings. Of those, eight schools allegedly had visible materials from the California High School Exit Exam on a social-media site.
Such flags can have serious consequences for schools, Deputy Superintendent of California Schools Deb Sigman noted. It can mean the students responsible will have their scores invalidated, or the schools will become ineligible for academic awards. For some schools, it could mean they fail to meet their goals for Adequate Yearly Progress, the federal benchmark for student assessment.
"More students are talking about them as a life event, and there were not any attempts to gain any advantage on the test, which is a good thing," Sigman said.
"As limited as these postings were, we still treat them as a matter of serious concern," she said.
It's the second time in two months that a San Francisco school was flagged. Last month, when the Standardized Testing and Reporting materials were released, Lowell High School received the same flag.
Sigman said the state is continuing to find ways to monitor these activities and ensure this trend doesn't continue.
"We are increasing security audits and revising administrative guidelines," she said. "These are instances we don't take lightly."