State Strips 23 Schools of API Rankings for Cheating

Howard Blume, New York Times, October 28, 2012

The third-grader had good news: She was doing great on her standardized tests, she proudly told a teacher at the school.

How did she know? the instructor asked.

“My teacher points out the answers that I need to correct,” she said.

With that, the fate of Westside Elementary in Thermal was sealed.

State officials have stripped Westside and 22 other schools of a key state ranking for cheating, other misconduct or mistakes in administering the standardized tests given last spring. The offenses ranged from failing to cover bulletin boards to more overt improprieties, including helping students correct mistakes or preparing them with actual test questions. The details were included in school district reports obtained by the Times through a public records request filed with the California Department of Education.

The state defines such episodes as “adult irregularities,” and if they affect at least 5% of students tested at a school, the campus loses its annual rating on California’s Academic Performance Index, which was released this month.

The API is a scale by which schools are officially measured in California. Top rankings are celebrated and contribute to high property values. Low scores can label schools as failures and trigger penalties.

The number of schools with invalidated test scores remains relatively small: about two dozen each of the last three years in a state with more than 10,000 schools.


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  • Hunter Morrow

    Top down cheating isn’t called cheating. Cheating now has a statist euphemism: “Adult Irregularities.” The article even says a school can be up to 5 percent “irregular” before anything is done.

    Every place with non-Whites has “adult irregularity” out the ying yang. Look at Cleveland, Detroit and the Atlanta Public School (APS). The APS case was the biggest case of discovered, organized cheating in American public education history but because it involved blacks the topic became a taboo and now almost nobody knows about it.

    • The__Bobster

      John Chinaman insists that Ying and Yang didn’t cheat. 😉

  • Sloppo

    Adult irregularities?  It would be very difficult to find a more vague term to describe the cheating scandal.  If I didn’t know anything about this story and someone asked me what the term “adult irregularity” meant … I would probably guess that it had something to do with people who are afflicted with constipation or incontinence problems.  

    • JDInSanDiego

      Kind of like calling islamic terrorism “man-caused disaster” or like calling the Global War on Terror the “Overseas Contingency Pperation” or like calling illegal aliens “undocumented immigrants” and so on.

      • The__Bobster

        The Catholic Church is running a radio ad where they call the invaders “undocumented immigrants”, another reason not to support organized religion.

  • How do you say Cheating in spanish?  In English we say “adult irregularities.”  

  • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

    White taxpayers should force the passage of a consitutional amendment that ties school funding to absence of cheating.

    • The__Bobster

      IOW, just give money to failing minority schools, no questions axed.

  • IKantunderstand

    If a third grade child REALLY replied:  “My teacher points out the answers that I need to correct”, than I posit, this child did not require any assistance. Seems to me the child would have far more likely said: “My teacher tells me the ones I got wrong.” Or, “My teacher tells me the ones to change”. (Or the Spanish equivalent)  Sounds like the teachers involved can’t distuiguish between students who need help, and those who do not.  Or don’t care. Or, perhaps the N.Y. Times reporter didn’t get the quote correctly. I don’t trust anything anymore.

  • Diamond_Lil

    Adult irregularities sounds like it belongs in an ExLax commercial.  This “cheating” is job survival for white teachers whose evaluations are tied to low-performing black and hispanic students.  The mission of LAUSD and other California school districts  is to ensure that every student is college-ready.  This is simply not realistic considering the majority demographics.  Nevertheless, teachers must either cheat or take the fall for minority genetics.  Can’t imagine why anyone would aspire to be a teacher these days.

  • High school is big business.

     20 to 30 students per class at $8k to $15k per student.

    We are paying $160k to $450k  per classroom at role call.

  •  This is liberals actually admitting they think blacks are too stupid to succeed. In all honesty a racist would give the test and let the chips fall where they may.

  • The__Bobster

    The last time I had “adult irregularity”, I went to my medicine cabinet to find a cure for it.

  • The__Bobster

    But..but…but…Obongo says the classroooms are underfunded and we need more teechurs.

  • The__Bobster

    Everything libtards do, they call by another name. If they told the truth, no taxpayer would vote for them.

  • Titanium….

    If the school made a mistake let them take care of it. Who are you to point fingers to these students and teachers? What makes you so special to criticizes minority groups and students? We are all human beings, and deserve to be treated with respect. Be more precocious with your words when you talk about ” adult irregularities in exams” and racial comments. Remember, we lead by example..