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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 10:46am

Senator: Make Tampering w/ CRCT Scores a Crime

The CRCT testing scandal has officials considering whether to make it a crime to tamper with standardized test scores. Head of Georgia's Senate Education committee Dan Weber wants educators to know just how serious it is to mess with them. "If you cheat and change answers... there should be criminal sanctions for that," said Senator Weber (R-Dunwoody), "These people, they're professionals. They're put in a position of trust and these families and our state rely on them to do the right thing or else the kids are cheated." The Republican from Dunwoody is calling for the new law after a state audit of four schools revealed answers were changed on 5th grade CRCT tests to improve scores. The governor's office is evaluating whether a new law is necessary. "There's clearly a law on the books that makes it illegal to tamper with government documents," said Governor's spokesperson Bert Brantley. "There's not one specifically for school documents and if we need to look at that we'll be glad to work with Senator Weber. "The investigation continues. So far, one principal has resigned from a Dekalb County school where tampering is suspected.

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