Newspaper: Ohio has suspicious school test scores

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A newspaper review has determined suspicious test scores from hundreds of Ohio school districts and charter schools point to the possibility that there was cheating, though the analysis doesn't prove that.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/H2B7Mn ) found steep spikes and drops on standardized test scores since 2005. The review was part of a larger national analysis revealing that scores in hundreds of cities followed a pattern that, in Atlanta, indicated cheating in multiple schools.

Using a statistical model, it found more than 500 Ohio districts and charter schools had at least one school with an improbably large score change in recent years.

The Ohio Department of Education and a teachers' union, the Ohio Education Association, questioned how the analysis was done and whether any valid conclusions could be drawn.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com