Saturday, December 20, 2014

Philly schools under investigation for cheating

Since May 2011, when several teachers at Roosevelt Middle school in Philadelphia approached The Inquirer with allegations of test cheating, the number of district schools under suspicion has proliferated. A statewide data-driven analysis of tests given in the last three years has spurred an investigation that now includes 53 district schools and three city charters. These 56 schools fall into one of three categories, or tiers. Schools may move from one category to another depending on the findings of investigators: Tier 1: The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, working with the Department of Education, is leading the investigation in these schools. They have the most serious allegations, in which suspicious results likely span more than one grade or subject. The district is providing logistical support. Tier 2: Under the direction of the Department of Education, the District's Office of General Counsel is leading the investigation. Tier 3: These schools are still under review by the Department of Education. As the investigation proceeds, schools could be placed in a higher tier or cleared.

Philly schools under investigation for cheating

Since May 2011, when several teachers at Roosevelt Middle school in Philadelphia approached The Inquirer with allegations of test cheating, the number of district schools under suspicion has proliferated. A statewide data-driven analysis of tests given in the last three years has spurred an investigation that now includes 53 district schools and three city charters.

These 56 schools fall into one of three categories, or tiers. Schools may move from one category to another depending on the findings of investigators:

Tier 1: The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, working with the Department of Education, is leading the investigation in these schools. They have the most serious allegations, in which suspicious results likely span more than one grade or subject. The district is providing logistical support.

Tier 2: Under the direction of the Department of Education, the District's Office of General Counsel is leading the investigation.

Tier 3:
These schools are still under review by the Department of Education. As the investigation proceeds, schools could be placed in a higher tier or cleared.

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