School principals, counselors and teachers in Camden, New Jersey have been cheating since the 1980s to raise students’ test scores, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2005, the state became suspicious.
After the state sent monitors to oversee security during tests administered in March 2006, math and language-arts scores plummeted in the district.
At H.B. Wilson, the percentage of fourth graders proficient in math dropped from 100 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2006 – a slide of 77 points. Wiggins’ math proficiency score fell from 98 percent to 56 percent.
In all but two elementary schools, scores dropped when the test was monitored.
In addition, some school officials are charged with altering high school students’ grades and transcripts so failing students could graduate.