A state agency has signed off on a Bibb County school system investigation that found no evidence that any school staff changed student answers and provided improper assistance during tests administered in 2012.
Documents obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act this week show that officials with the Governors Office of Student Achievement were satisfied with Bibb Countys internal investigation of five schools.
Among them was Alexander II Elementary School, one of the highest-scoring schools in Middle Georgia, where the state agency found one-third of classrooms had suspicious numbers of erasures on the 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
The Bibb County school systems investigation found some of those erasures were from a student who put answers in the wrong places and then erased them. Other students were given a treat if they used the entire testing time to complete the test and then double-check their answers, leading to more erasures.
The schools checked out were Alexander II, Appling Middle School, Bruce Elementary School, Lane Elementary School and Weaver Middle School.
High numbers of erasures dont indicate cheating, but send a flag that the state should find out why so many test scores had changed, said Adrian Neely, accountability and data manager for the Governors Office of Student Achievement.
We just want to know why those erasures are so different from the state norm, Neely said in a recent telephone interview.
The state agency approved the school systems report June 3.
A Bibb County report said some students had erased and changed as many as 20 answers, but no improprieties were found.
The investigation uncovered no evidence of any inappropriate conduct by any administrator or teacher at the investigated schools, the report said. School system testing procedures -- including having people other than students teachers administer the test, and having a central office employee in each school to monitor testing -- should be continued, the report said.
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