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I came across this story out of Philadelphia from September. It’s no surprise but it shows the magnitude of the cheating taking place in the school district:
New anti-cheating measures put in place in Philadelphia schools are leading to significantly lower test scores.
According to CBS radio station KYW in Philadelphia, scores on the state’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test, a standardized exam given at every grade level in the city, dropped sharply. Only 49 percent of students scored “advanced” or “proficient” in math, down nine points from 58 percent last year. When it came to reading, scores dropped seven points from 52 percent to 45 percent this year for the “advanced” or “proficient” category.
“This is the new level that we’re going to measure kids by. Because it’s very clear from the data that we’ve seen, that it’s been elevated — artificially elevated — for the last couple of years,” state education secretary Ron Tomalis said to KYW.
The results show that only 33 schools made “adequate yearly progress,” compared to 110 schools the prior year.
The School District of Philadelphia employed stricter anti-cheating measure after more than 50 schools were under investigation for testing irregularities, KYW reported. The rules were put in place in Philadelphia and Hazelton school districts and three charter schools: Philadelphia Electrical and Technical, Imhotep, and the Chester Community Charter Schools.
Imhotep looks interesting. It is an “African Based Community”, according to its website.