Standardized test results from two Muscogee County schools have been classified as of "severe concern" for test tampering, according to a state audit of student responses on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test.
The audit, conducted by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, determined that CRCT results from two schools were determined to be of "severe concern," based on the test data. The schools are not known at this time. State auditors evaluated the number of erasures from wrong to right answers, determined how many erasures usually occur in a typical classroom and flagged any classroom where the number of errors was more than three standard deviations from the typical Georgia classroom.
Auditors studied test results from all 47 Muscogee County elementary and middle schools. Thirty schools were cleared; eight schools' data was of minimal concern, seven schools' data was of moderate concern and two schools' data was of severe concern. Muscogee County superintendent Susan Andrews will conduct her own investigation into schools whose results were determined to be of moderate or severe concern for test tampering in 2009.
Schools with data for minimal, moderate or severe concern for test tampering included:
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--Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
--Cusseta Road Elementary
--East Columbus Magnet Academy
--Marshall Middle School
--Baker Middle School
--St. Mary's Road Elementary
--Forrest Road Elementary
--Reese Road Elementary
--Lonnie Jackson Elementary
--Eddy Middle School
Schools cleared of test tampering included:
--River Road Elementary
--Midland Middle School
--Rigdon Road Elementary
--Wesley Heights Elementary
--Benning Hills Elementary
--Arnold Middle School
--Britt David Elementary
--South Columbus Elementary
--Eagle Ridge Elementary
--Double Churches Middle
--Blackmon Road Middle
--Double Churches Elementary
--North Columbus Elementary
"Although there are areas of concern in our data, we are pleased that the majority of our schools are in the Clear status," superintendent Susan Andrews said. "We take this report very seriously and will conduct our investigation in a systematic manner."
For the 2010 CRCT tests in April, the district is implementing some changes at schools of concern.
Schools labeled of "minimal concern" will rotate teachers to administer tests and will have a system-level monitor assigned to the school during testing.
Schools labeled of "moderate concern" will rotate teachers during standardized testing, have a system-level monitor assigned to the school and Andrews will conduct an investigation into the testing process at these schools.
Schools labeled of "severe concern" will rotate teachers, have a system-level monitor and a monitor from the state assigned to the building during testing, and Andrews will conduct an investigation into the testing process at these schools.
Schools that were cleared may choose to rotate teachers or request a system-level monitor during testing.
The Muscogee County School District will host a press conference today at 3:30 p.m. at the Muscogee County Public Education Center on the audit results.
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