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Media kept out of schools during CRCT

By Ben Roberts 

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County school leaders say they want an open and transparent testing process to prove there's no tampering with standardized tests, but they plan to ban the media from schools during testing.

Criterion Referenced Competency Testing begins Monday. State monitors will oversee testing in eight elementary schools listed in the severe category after recent test analysis showed they had suspiciously high numbers of wrong answers changed to right answers last year. WALB and other media partners were originally invited to view the process. Now, we've been uninvited. Other community volunteers will be allowed in, but local school leaders say the state suggested members of the media, even without cameras, could distract students.

"The state has informed us that we are not allowed to have the media in the buildings as they fear it may be a distraction for the students taking the test during CRCT week, but we will have our Board has been invited to visit with the principals and quietly see the procedure take place," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information officer.

Teachers won't be permitted to test their own students. Administrators say they will follow strict protocol for sealing answer sheets in envelopes and locking them in offices. School leaders encourage parents to make sure kids get plenty of rest and arrive to school on time.

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