2 More Philadelphia School Principals Charged with Changing Test Answers

The former principals of Communications Technology High School and Bok High School are the sixth and seventh Philadelphia educators charged with cheating.

Two former Philadelphia school principals have been charged with changing students’ answers on standardized tests in order to boost scores. District Attorney Kathleen Kane announced the arrests of Barbara McCreery, 61, of Philadelphia, and Arthur “Larry” Melton, 70, of Cherry Hill Thursday afternoon.

McCreery, the former principal at Communications Technology High School, is accused of changing answers on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in 2010. Melton, the former principal at Edward W. Bok Technical High School, is charged with changing answers of a group that was “on the cusp.”

The grand jury investigation into cheating is ongoing, reports the Inquirer, and has led to the arrests of seven Philadelphia School District educators. Test scores fell after the district instituted new controls to prevent cheating.

PSSA scores were flat in Philadelphia this year.

[KYW 1060 | Inquirer]