Two principals surrender credentials in cheating probe

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 3, 2013 2:11 PM
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(Philadelphia) --Two Philadelphia school principals have surrendered their administrative certifications after being caught up in a widespread cheating probe.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education posted notice of the actions on its website today.

State officials had been investigating allegations that Barbara McCreery erased and changed student answers on standardized tests known as the PSSAs. She was most recently the principal of Bok High School.

Officials had been looking into similar allegations against Lola Marie O'Rourke, former principal of Locke Elementary School.

The statewide probe of test results from 2009-11 so far has found that 15 districts or charter schools tampered with the exams.

The head of the Philadelphia principals union did not immediately return a message for comment. A district spokesman could not be reached.

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