Philadelphia Educators Indicted for Helping Students Cheat

What can teacher do and not get caught? This is just stupid.


A principal and four teachers were indicted in Philadelphia Thursday for changing student answers, providing answers and reviewing test questions before the test for five years.

The investigation into Philadelphia’s Cayuga Elementary School began in 2011 when computers that grade standardized tests found that nearly half of the approximately 70 third-graders at Cayuga had erased answers and changed it to the correct answer five or more times. The average third-grader erases wrong answers in favor of a correct one about once. When state officials began their investigation in 2012, the percentage of third-graders scoring proficient or higher on the reading section of the standardized test dropped from 60.3 percent to 26.8 percent, according to an ongoing grand jury investigation.

The principal, Evelyn Cortez, was charged with corrupt organizations, perjury, tampering with public records, forgery, tampering with records and criminal conspiracy. Teachers testified that Cortez would reprimand students and teachers who…

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