Philadelphia School District to release report on cheating investigation at 19 schools

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

But the report, which will be released within the next three weeks, will not name names, sources have told the Notebook.

Sources indicated that infractions were found at most of the 19 schools. These 19 represent one of three groups of schools identified for further investigation through statistical anomalies, such as high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures on answer sheets that forensic analysis found would be virtually impossible to occur by chance.

Altogether, 53 District schools and three city charters were flagged for investigation, with the state dividing them into three tiers. The state itself is investigating 12 Tier 1 schools, where the evidence was strongest. It told the District to probe the 19 Tier 2 and 22 Tier 3 schools.

The District’s investigation of the so-called Tier 2 schools was primarily conducted pro bono by attorneys from the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Two partners and more than a dozen associates from the firm have been working for more than a year and provided a report of findings at each school. They interviewed 550 people and logged some 5,000 hours, said District spokesman Fernando Gallard.

The District has not yet decided whether it will release the individual school reports, Gallard said.

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