TAKS panel members are in place

By Joshua Benton
Staff Writer

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State Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley has announced the members of her new task force on test security. The five members will oversee the upcoming investigations of Texas schools suspected of cheating on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in 2005. Caveon, a Utah-based company hired by the state last year, found unusual TAKS scores in hundreds of Texas schools; the task force will ultimately decide how many of them are investigated. The members are:

-Carol Francois, former chief of staff in the Dallas school district

-Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business

-Sylvia Hatton, former executive director of the Edinburg Education Service Center

-George McShan, former president of the National School Boards Association

-A.J. Rodriguez, president of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce