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More Test Cheating This Time in Denver

May 16, 2012

This is becoming more and more common:

Two Denver elementary schools accused of cheating

How very disappointing.

Education News Colorado is reporting that two Denver elementary schools are being investigated by the state department of education for potential on .

The schools are  and Hallett Fundamental Academy. Principals from both schools have been placed on administrative leave.

According to the EdNews story,  conducted its own, thorough analysis of the tests after seeing “statistically unusual patterns.” That included putting test monitors into the schools during the last round of standardized testing.

It’s pretty incriminating that after monitors were there to scrutinize testing, both schools saw double-digit declines in test scores.

What a shame.

Beach Court, a high-poverty school, has received a great deal of attention for its big improvements in test scores. In 2010, the Post wrote a storyheralding its improvements.

“It is happening because of the focus on strong teaching, high-quality school leadership around a rigorous core curriculum with a district that is relentlessly focused on growth and results,” Superintendent said at the time.

It’s to DPS’s credit that it investigated suspicions and took those to the state department of education. That has not always been the case with other districts and allegations of cheating. In Atlanta, it took a critical state report to blow the lid off widespread cheating.

Nevertheless, if the allegations hold — that someone erased wrong answers and filled them in with correct ones — it will be a sad day for these schools and the district, which has worked so hard to try to make transformations happen the honest way.

 

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