May 2 — 6:38 pm, 2011

Reaction from Roosevelt on cheating story

by Patrick Cobbs

Emotions were high for parents and teachers at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Germantown as they faced the first school day after allegations of test manipulation came to light over the weekend.

Teachers interviewed were split about the allegations in the Sunday Inquirer article.  One said he didn’t believe that the school principal and some teachers conspired to cheat on state PSSA tests, and that the charges were intended to make the school staff look bad. But another teacher said he thought the article was accurate. Neither teacher was willing to be quoted by name.

The Inquirer article cited several Roosevelt teachers who said school leaders encouraged teachers and students to review PSSA test materials days before the test was to be given, in violation of test taking rules. Teachers wrote answers to questions on blackboards and students were seen carrying test booklets prior to the test period, according to the article. 

This story continues on the NewsWorks website; it is a product of a reporting collaboration between the Notebook and WHYY.

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