Teachers at some Texas schools may be cheating to boost their students’ scores. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
An analysis uncovered strong evidence of organized, educator-led cheating on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills at schools in Houston and Dallas, along with suspicious scores in hundreds of other schools, the Dallas Morning News reported.
. . . The newspaper analyzed scores from 7,700 Texas schools, searching for ones with unusual gaps in performance between grades or subjects. It said research has shown that schools that are weak in one subject or grade are typically weak in others.
. . . More than 200 schools had large, unexplained score gaps between grades or between the TAKS and other standardized tests.
While fourth graders at Houston’s Sanderson Elementary do very poorly on the math test, fifth graders at Sanderson posted the highest scores in the state.
Via Education Gadfly.