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DCSS names CRCT investigation panel

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A team of investigators will head to Indiana next week to take a look at those controversial Dougherty County Criterion Referenced Competency Tests.

Dr. Gerald Eads of the Professional Standards Commission, Dougherty County Test Coordinator Renee Bridges, and Dr. James Wilson, a school board consultant will spend eight hours at McGraw-Hill's warehouse looking at the answer sheets for 3rd through 8th grade tests. Dr. Eads specializes in test analysis and says he'll look for specific patterns.

"One of the things I might see for example that would suggest that the students are doing it themselves is many schools are teaching students to mark answers they're not sure of with an X, well if I saw a bunch of X erasures on a paper that would suggest that the student him or herself was doing it," said Eads.

Eads said the panel has also requested McGraw-Hill provide them with additional data including how many answers were changed from right to wrong or wrong to wrong. Eight Dougherty County School's were listed in the severe category for having a high number of erasures on the tests.

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