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Investigation of test anomalies mostly inconclusive



The state Department of Education announced today that it doesn't know what caused an "unusually high" number of wrong-to-right test erasures at three of four schools investigated by its inspector general.

Three schools - the Charter School of Excellence in Broward County, Chaffee Trail Elementary in Duval County and Jefferson Elementary in Jefferson County - were investigated but nothing conclusive resulted. At a fourth school, Greensboro Elementary in Gadsen County, investigators found that teachers coached or otherwise interfered with student responses during the FCAT.

The schools were flagged during 2011 and investigated by the department's Office of Inspector General. 

The 2011 administration of the FCAT and FCAT 2.0 - the new, harder version - was the first year that the Department of Education used Caveon Data Forensics to identify abnormal test results. In May of that year, Caveon found 21 schools with "excessive erasures" and asked the school districts to conduct internal investigations. All but the four schools noted above were cleared. 

See the full report below. 

[Last modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:05am]


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