ISBE seeks increased funding to ferret out ISAT cheating


Geoff Dougherty

April 16, 2012 @ 12:23 PM

The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking to double its funding for investigations, citing increasing concerns that principals and teachers may be illicitly boosting their schools' performance on state exams. 

The board currently has a caseload of 300 misconduct investigations, Deputy Superintendent  Darren Reisberg tells WBEZ. One key probe involves analyzing ISAT test results to identify instances in which an unusual number of answers have been corrected or a group of students shows an unlikely jump in performance. 

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