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School board unsatisfied with CRCT investigation options

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Upset Dougherty County School Board members say the state is keeping them from conducting a thorough investigation into possible test tampering.

The state ordered the investigation into 14 schools where suspiciously high numbers of wrong answers on CRCT's were changed to right answers.

With it's reputation on the line, the Dougherty County School System wants to get to the bottom of the CRCT tampering scandal.

The Governors Office of Student Achievement ordered the school system to conduct an investigation, but board members worry the access isn't adequate.

"The concern that the board has and the administration has is that they've then issued a protocol that really denies access for the board to even make a reasonable investigation,' said Board Chairman David Maschke.

Under option one a team selected by the professional standards commission, along with a board consultant, would be granted two hours to review answer documents from 150 tests taken in flagged classrooms in grade 3 - 8 in Atlanta.

"Which is less than 1.5 % of the tests and you would only be able to look at it very briefly and that's completely unacceptable," said Maschke.

Board members chose to send the team to Indianapolis where they can review all the tests from flagged classroom in grades 3 - 8 in schools of moderate and severe concerns.

But that still leaves out grades 1 and 2

Maschke says, "That is grossly unfair because 63% of the flagged classrooms were in grade 1 and 2. How are the supposed to let us conduct and investigation if they don't allow us to look at the data?"

That's why the board also voted to address their concerns in a letter to the OSA stating that the system is restricted from conducting a proper investigation.

Maschke went on to say that if the system's investigation shows that teachers did in fact change answers, the board and school system will take definitive and swift action against them.

No date has been set for the team to travel to Indianapolis.

The school system must inform the state of its decision Friday.


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