Philly School Bomb Tests Following Cheating Probe

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Scores in reading and mathematics dropped in virtually all of the Philadelphia public schools and charter schools that are under investigation for possible cheating.

The Inquirer reported that all but two of the 53 city district schools and all three charters under investigation showed declines in reading and math. Seventeen district schools and two of the charters had passing rates at least 30 points lower than last year, the paper said.

Results were released Friday from the 2011-12 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, which determine whether students in third through eighth grade and 11th grade are performing at grade level. Officials said unprecedented security measures were put in place for the administration of the tests following the cheating allegations.

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