Georgia school board to vote on altered tests

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ATLANTA — The state Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to toss out standardized tests that were altered last summer after students submitted them.

The outcome of board meetings today and Thursday could mean the four elementary schools where tampered exams were found no longer meet federal standards. Schools that consistently fall short of No Child Left Behind benchmarks face sanctions, ranging from offering tutoring to a state takeover.

The cheating was revealed by a state audit last month. A DeKalb County principal has resigned after admitting to changing students' answers on tests to improve their scores.

He and another administrator have been charged with tampering with state documents, which is a felony.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which oversees the licensing of educators, is expected to investigate.


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Lobosolo 07/08/09 - 09:06 am
NCLB isn't working very well.

NCLB isn't working very well. Too much instruction time wasted on teaching to the tests. Fund it or scrap it.

Citizen_B 07/08/09 - 09:12 am
Unacceptable. College

Unacceptable. College students caught cheating are expelled and face the possibility of being denied the opportunity to finish their education. These administrators should certainly be held to a higher standard. These cheaters are not only cheating the system and the parents, but are doing untold damage to these young children by teaching them that it is okay to cheat and lie. The principal, in particular, should never be allowed in a school system again, nor should anyone who helped to falsify these test scores. Perhaps, if they had put the same effort into doing their jobs as they did in trying to hide their inadequacies, they would have the test scores they initially wanted.

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