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Texas plans to unmask cheating schools.

After a Dallas Morning New investigation found suspiciously high standardized test scores at 400 schools across the state--including some that have received national acclaim--the Texas Education Agency announced a crackdown on teachers and administrators who inflate scores by providing answers or manipulating exam sheets. Districts in Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth and Houston initiated similar investigations. Hundreds of test monitors also will be dispatched to classrooms in Dallas and Houston to head off cheating this spring, and the Houston district has created a special office and hotline to eliminate test fraud. "We will have zero tolerance for cheating," state education commissioner Shirley Neeley said. Texas test cheats face loss of certification and up to 10 years in prison. But the allegations raise serious concerns about the state's overall testing and school accountability system, which served as the model for No Child Left Behind.

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Title Annotation:Last Month in Education
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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