Dept of Education asks Attorney General to investigate AIMS test results

Arizona's State Superintendent of Public Education is asking the Arizona Attorney General to look into results from the 2014 AIMS Test.

Nobody has been accused of cheating, but seven schools appears to have a high number of suspicious tests.

The state found that some tests taken in certain schools had an abnormally high number of wrong to right answers.

Meaning a student may have originally marked the wrong answer, and then that answer was erased and changed to the correct answer.

The computerized grading system used for the AIMS test can see marks left from an eraser, it then calculates how many tests showed an incorrect answer changed to a right one.

Some of the schools in question showed multiple tests in the same test taking group with changed answers.

"We know that can happen naturally, but it doesn't happen that often, and so when we see it occur very frequently, we like to take additional consideration to look into those cases," said Charles Tack with the Dept. of Education.

Seven schools statewide made the list submitted to the AG's office. The state superintendent is asking the AG to determine if further action needs to be taken.

In the valley, two charter schools: Crown Pointe High School, and Integrity Education Centre in Tempe made the list.

The State Department of Education isn't accusing any teachers or administrators of cheating, just pointing out what the data shows.

"We know that AIMS does tie into a lot of different performance measures from the school level to the district level, but it is really not something that we can speculate on, and that is why we wanted to refer this to the attorney general for review," said Tack.
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