The tests are the primary way the state evaluates school performance. Some parents say it prevents teachers from doing their jobs effectively.
Barbara McCreery, the former principal at Communications Technology High School, and Arthur Melton, the former principal at the now-closed Bok High School, are being charged with cheating on the high-stakes PSSA exams.
Four of the five, including Cayuga Elementary School principal Evelyn Cortez, now have a preliminary hearing on July 18th to face charges that they gave students answers to standardized tests.
Pennsylvania prosecutors have filed charges against a principal and four teachers, accusing them of cheating on standardized tests in the Philadelphia school system.
These are the first heads to roll in the investigation of 53 Philadelphia schools that has been going on for more than a year.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in the process of rolling out new exams for high school students that will become a graduation requirement by 2017.
After nine years of modest increases, Philadelphia’s performance on the state PSSA tests took a tumble last year.
In the wake of allegations of cheating on standardized tests, the School District of Philadelphia is taking additional steps to make sure next week’s PSSA exams are on the up-and-up.
With cheating scandals in the headlines, Philadelphia schoolteachers will not be allowed to administer a key standardized test to their own students.
Governor Rendell is crowing about the final round of student achievement tests during his eight years in office.