By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia School District says it will launch an investigation into cheating allegations at Cayuga Elementary School in Hunting Park.

The Inquirer reported Sunday that teachers, parents and a student at Cayuga Elementary came forward to say the principal encouraged teachers to help students during standardized state tests.

Some reported seeing administrators erasing students’ answers and changing them. The principal denied the allegations.

But the school district’s chief academic officer, Penny Nixon, says in the wake of the newspaper report, the district will look into the matter.

“Anytime we get allegations, we will investigate. So, the district will investigate and then we report the findings to the state.”

Cayuga is among 13 Philadelphia schools already being investigated for possible cheating on the 2009 PSSA exams.

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