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Audit Finds Evidence Of Cheating On Tests At Four D.C. Schools

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D.C.'s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) completed its annual investigation into testing violations during the 2013 standardized tests, and of the 37 schools flagged for investigation, four had evidence of test tampering or academic fraud.

Of 195 schools that took the test, 37 were targeted for additional scrutiny based on whether they had a high number of wrong answers erased and corrected or an unusually high jump in test scores. There were also some schools selected at random.

An independent firm conducting the investigation found "critical" violations at two traditional public schools, Plummer Elementary and Oyster Adams Bilingual, and two charter schools, Ideal Academy and Cesar Chavez Public Charter Middle School.

Some students at those schools said test administrators and proctors would  explain the question to them or give them  strategies for answering difficult questions. One student said a staff member would point to specific questions and tell them to check their work.

These four schools will have their test scores invalidated, be required to create a corrective action plan and have extra monitoring during the 2014 tests. In addition, 13 schools had violations but not test tampering or academic fraud.

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