State clears 28 in cheating probe; no Philly SD schools cleared

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has cleared 28 schools and districts in its statewide probe into possible improprieties on the 2009 PSSAs.

No Philadelphia School District schools have been cleared, but the investigation is ongoing, said Tim Eller, a spokesman for the education department.  Thirteen city public schools are still under scrutiny for possible cheating.

The district has not named the 13 schools, but an Inquirer analysis identified them as: Roosevelt and Wagner Middle Schools, Strawberry Mansion High School; and Catharine, Cayuga, F.S. Edmonds, Lamberton, John Marshall, Thurgood Marshall, McClure, Munoz-Marin, Olney, and Ziegler Elementaries.

The Inquirer has reported extensively about what a number of teachers describe as cheating at Roosevelt Middle School.

The schools and districts from the region that have been cleared by the state are: Alliance for Progress Charter School, Cheltenham School District, Charter HS for Architecture, Maritime Academy Charter School, Northwood Academy Charter School, Pennsbury School District, Spring-Ford Area School District, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, William Penn School District, and Wissahickon Charter School.

Here's the full list of schools that have been cleared by the Department of Education:

Abington Heights
Alliance for Progress CS
Ambridge Area SD
Belle Vernon Area SD
Charter HS for Architecture
Chambersburg Area SD
Cheltenham Township SD
Connellsville Area SD
Dallastown Area SD
Easton Area SD
Ephrata Area SD
Gateway SD
Governor Mifflin SD
Lebanon SD
Lincoln IU 12
Maritime Academy CS
Minersville Area SD
North Schuylkill SD
Northwood Academy CS
Pennsbury SD
Pennsylvania Cyber CS
Pleasant Valley SD
South Western SD
Spring-Ford Area SD
Wallingford-Swarthmore SD
Wellsboro Area SD
William Penn SD
Wissahickon CS