Despite Effort to Curb Cheating on Tests, Doubts Remain

Amid fears that systematic cheating on state standardized exams could extend beyond an embattled West Texas district — and doubts about its own ability to investigate allegations of improper practices — the state agency charged with overseeing Texas public schools is stepping up its scrutiny of accountability violations.

The Texas Education Agency recently announced it would create a department devoted to reviewing compliance with accountability requirements. The news came on the same day the State Auditor’s Office released a highly critical report that concluded the agency had failed to fully review past claims of cheating and lacked a process to adequately ...

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