The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 21, 2012

Pennsylvania school test scores decline slightly in 2011-12

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's students scored slightly lower on their 2011-12 achievement tests because of a state crackdown on alleged cheating in some districts.

State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis said today that his department plans to file complaints against more than 100 educators for tampering with student test sheets in an attempt to boost scores. Investigations remain active in nine of the state's 500 school districts.

Because of enhanced security measures implemented this year, Tomalis says the percentage of students whose scores were proficient or advanced dropped by more than 1 percentage point statewide in math and reading.

The secretary says the proportion of students performing at or above their grade levels was nearly 76 percent in math, 72 percent in reading, 73 percent in writing and barely 61 percent in science.


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