Education / East St. Louis
12:06 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

East St. Louis superintendent: student test scores inflated by teachers

The school superintendent in East St. Louis says some teachers used "inappropriate strategies and techniques" to inflate students scores on standardized achievement tests.

District 189 Superintendent Arthur Culver told the Belleville News-Democrat's editorial board on Wednesday that elementary test scores will likely drop this year. Culver didn't call the teachers' actions cheating and he didn't cite any schools by name. He also didn't describe or give examples of the questionable methods the teachers allegedly used.

Culver and Illinois Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch both say an investigation is underway.

The scores determine a school's progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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