Philly District to Release Report on Cheating at 19 Schools
The Philadelphia School District plans to release a report on its investigation of adult cheating on standardized tests in 19 city schools that will give a sense of the scope of the problem and say how many educators will face disciplinary charges. But the report, which will be released within the next three weeks, will not name names, sources have told the Notebook.
Sources indicated that infractions were found at most of the 19 schools. These 19 represent one of three groups of schools identified for further investigationthrough statistical anomalies, such as high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures on answer sheets that forensic analysis found were virtually impossible to occur by chance.
Altogether, 53 District schools and three city charters were flagged for investigation, with the state dividing them into three tiers. The state itself is investigating 12 Tier 1 schools, where the evidence was strongest. It told the District to probe the 19 Tier 2 and 22 Tier 3 schools.
The state has not yet released the findings of its investigation into Tier 1 schools.