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June 15, 2006

This is getting a little silly

More responses on suspicious TAKS scores:

Wise County Messenger Online:

“We’re not allowed to see the tests, and it’s hard to estimate what is the standard for a large number of eraser marks,” he said.

How would knowing or seeing the number of eraser marks help determine if there was cheating? With superintendent’s giving out the following possible explanantions, you have to wonder:

Wise County Messenger Online:

Gindt said the students’ testing strategy may have led to the state’s vague flagging of “multiple marks” on the answer sheet. Students have been known to mark out incorrect answers on their answer sheets, and then erase all but the correct response. “Do we change the strategy because it’s causing eraser marks?” he said. “If we do, it might cause those students to get lower scores in the future. Just because there’s a pattern here doesn’t mean there’s a problem.”

The Decatur Intermediate School was the only Wise County school to be flagged. You mean students only use this strategy in middle school and give it up completely in high school?


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