Several schools flagged by Mississippi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The state Department of Education last year flagged 17 schools whose statewide assessment scores were inconsistent with data prediction models and raised questions about potential cheating.

The schools, including Heidelberg Elementary in Clarksdale, had performed better than expected based on individual test results, classwide results or the results across the entire school, according to James H. Mason, the department's student assessment director.

Although the state routinely has tracked student assessment data at secondary schools — where kids eying graduation might be more motivated to cheat — last year was the first time it extended that scrutiny to elementary schools, Mason said.

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