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01/10/04

TAKS Cheating

Texas state education leaders will hire an outside expert to review security for the TAKS test. The end result should make it more difficult for cheating on the standardized test.

The changes respond to a Dallas Morning News investigation that found strong evidence of cheating at nearly 400 schools statewide. The newspaper reported that teachers and principals apparently helped students cheat on the test.

This is something one Nacogdoches middle school principal can't fathom. Steve Green says, "Everything is sealed and goes into the counselor's hands. I just don't see how anybody could possibly even think about changing. I don't even know how you would change scores. It would be beyond me to find out how somebody can do that."

Green acknowledges there is tremendous pressure on schools, administrators and students to do well have high TAKS scores. Green says integrity is more important.

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