Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wickersham Elementary at Center of PSSA Cheating Investigation

Two parents of children in the School District of Lancaster confirmed to NewsLanc that the Pennsylvania Department of Education sent investigators into Wickersham Elementary School because of the student test scores reported. Both parents, fearing retaliation against their students, asked not to be identified.

"The AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) scores have been too far out of the lines," one parent said. "It has set off alarm bells. The scores are just not believable."

The website of Wickersham Elementary School boasts about their AYP: "We made AYP in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006! Diligence, hard work, and accountability have paid off. We have been student-centered and as a result, our scores have gone up."

The Pennsylvania Department of Education would neither confirm nor deny that they have sent their investigators to Wickersham Elementary School.