The New York Daily News has an article about a Brooklyn school that allowed teachers and administrators to give answer to students in order to get higher scores on their state exams.
Investigators are probing charges that teachers at a Sunset Park public school gave kids answers on state exams in exchange for perks, the Daily News has learned.
Smaller classes and fewer English language learners were allegedly offered to teachers by the principal at Public School 94 on Sixth Ave. if kids earned high marks on state math and reading exams, sources said.
Teachers whose kids tanked on tests were reamed out by principal Janette Caban, sometimes forced out of their classrooms and made to teach different grades.
“I’ve seen this go on at the school for a number of years and it’s wrong and unethical,” said one teacher who asked to remain anonymous.
“It really upsets me to see this going on.”
Teachers would either give students the answers or strong hints during the tests in hopes of boosting their scores, according to sources.
Fed up faculty at the B-rated school finally blew the whistle earlier this month, prompting a visit by city and state investigators last week, sources said.
“You have teachers who you know are strong, educated teachers who are taken out of their grades and told it happened because they didn’t get high scores,” said a teacher.
“There has to be some way to stop the craziness.”
Last year, English language learners who tanked on the reading exam, scored off the charts on the science exam because of help from faculty, sources said.
PS 94’s State Education Dept. report card for the 2010-11 school year showed that 44% of fourth graders were proficient on the state reading exam; while 84% met the standard on the science test.
City Education Dept. officials confirmed probers were looking into the charges, specifically surrounding cheating on the recent state math exam.
The state Dept. of Education would not confirm if officials were looking into the charges.
Caban did not return calls for comment.
PS 94 was put on this year’s list of schools that need improvement because of low reading scores.
One teacher said cheating on standardized tests has become commonplace at the school.
“I saw teachers take a group of kids to the back of the room and spell out letter for letter what to write,” said another teacher.
“Teachers (stand) very close to the kids pointing to answers and telling them what to erase. I feel disgusted.”