Atlanta newspaper investigation suggests cheating in HISD


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

HOUSTON – An Atlanta newspaper investigation that examined test results at 69,000 public schools across the country has suggested that teachers and students in HISD are cheating.

But how did they come to that conclusion?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution said they found inconsistent results in HISD that sent up some red flags. Specifically, the investigation found that as many as 28 percent of HISD schools had questionable test scores.

"I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised at all," HISD grandparent George Wiggins said.

"It does concern me if cheating is going on in schools," parent Caren Randle said.

But not everyone is buying in to the study’s conclusions.

"I would probably put the Atlanta study in the trash," Gayle Fallon of the Houston Federation of Teachers said.

Fallon said even though the newspaper found roller-coaster-like test results from year to year in HISD, it’s simply too hard for educators to help kids cheat.

"It’s difficult at best. There are people walking around watching, you’re not testing your own kids – there’s no incentive to raise your neighbor’s kids’ test scores," Fallon said.

HISD admitted that since 2005, they’ve had nine confirmed cheating cases, and they’re planning to investigate the newspaper’s findings.

Still, they don’t believe it’s a widespread problem.

"We just have great faith in the majority of our 12,000 teachers and administrators, and I promise you, helping kids cheat on a test has never entered their minds," HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said.