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UPDATE: Pleasanton Middle School investigated for compromised testing practices

Original post made on Sep 4, 2007

Staff gathered at Pleasanton Middle School Thursday to discuss the withholding of the school's Academic Performance Index (API) scores after the California Department of Education (CDE) said the results were compromised.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 30, 2007, 12:36 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by nan lyness, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 4, 2007 at 3:20 am

Based upon the information contained in Ms. Atwood's article, the decision of the CDE strikes me as arbitrary and perhaps even capricious. This is just my personal opinion. I think an appeal is in order.


Posted by nan lyness, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 4, 2007 at 3:20 am

Based upon the information contained in Ms. Atwood's article, the decision of the CDE strikes me as arbitrary and perhaps even capricious. This is just my personal opinion. I think an appeal is in order.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Parent volunteers have witnessed teacher cheating in the past. When it was brought to the administrators attention it was clear there was a, "look the other way attitude".
These tests are high stakes to the districts, so shhhh…don't tell anyone.


Posted by Teacher, a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 4, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Maybe the real issue is the weight placed on these tests... How can the success or failure of a school or teacher be measured by a series of tests over a three or four day period??? Most of the testing sites and the CDE offer "released" test questions anyway. As a teacher, I myself have looked at these tests and wondered where the questions came from... Certainly not from the standards...


Posted by Henri, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2007 at 4:30 pm

If the District doesn't appeal this ruling, it will show that they have no backbone. Any one can see that this ruling by the state holds no water as there is no evidence of wrong doing by PMS. If any school should be punished, it should be Hart Middle where the teacher who copied the exam instructs.

It is like a case of arresting a suspect because they just look suspicious.

The community should tell the School Board that they need to appeal this ruling since the good name of Pleasanton is at stake.


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Sep 10, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Maybe its not the students or teachers the cheating teachers are trying to cover for, perhaps its because the schools get STATE & FEDERAL FUNDING for higher test scores and they want people to believe their schools are prestigous and somehow better than others and not just mediocre. Still, cheating is WRONG and teachers should get a failing grade for their misconduct and poor example to the students.


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Sep 11, 2007 at 9:07 am

It doesn't seem fair to me that only Pleasanton Middle School was penalized. Since the other two schools were not, I think PMS should absolutely appeal the decision.


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