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5 school districts to be investigated for cheating

ATLANTA (AP/WALB) - Eleven educators from five Georgia school districts will be investigated as part of a massive statewide probe into possible cheating on standardized tests last year.

Dougherty County is not one of those five systems, but the state has not cleared the system.

Kathleen Mathers with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement told the state Board of Education on Wednesday that about half of the 34 districts cited in a report released in February have been cleared.

DCSS was ordered to investigate unusually high numbers of wrong test answers changed to right answers.

About half of the 34 districts cited in the state report in February have been cleared.

The report showed that there was possible cheating on standardized tests in about 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools last spring.

The educators from the five districts could lose their teaching licenses if they are found guilty of cheating. Mathers did not say what districts are involved.

Dougherty County of course released the results of their own investigation at a school board meeting two weeks ago. Their consultant found no evidence that any school employees changed test answers.

He offered no explanation as to why the erasures, changed from wrong to correct answers, were so much more common in Dougherty County than other systems.

The school system forwarded those results to the state after the report was made to the school board.

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On the Net:

Governor's Office of Student Achievement: http://www.gaosa.org/

Georgia Department of Education: http://www.gadoe.org

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