Cheating our children: Suspicious school test scores across the nation

In the aftermath of the highly publicized Atlanta teacher cheating scandal, reporters at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution became curious about whether the same types of problems would be found nationally, provided anyone bothered to look.  The newspaper examined standardized test results for districts across the country, looking for larger-than-normal changes from one year to the next for a given set of students.

In this alarming revelation, the newspaper found 196 separate school districts with such large changes in student performance that the chances the swings happened randomly were no more than 1 in 1000. 

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