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Ohio Data Rigging Investigation and the C-Word

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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There's a state investigation of suspected "systemic cheating" in Ohio schools, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Cheating investigations" are underway in Toledo and Columbus, according to the Journal-Constitution.

And the Ohio Auditor of State is investigating suspected "whether systemic cheating at three Ohio school districts was the result of lax oversight by the state’s Education Department," according to the newspaper.

If you haven't heard about these statewide Ohio cheating investigations, it's probably because most Ohio public officials and media outlets haven't been using the words "cheating" to describe what's been going on.

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They (and we) have been using phrases like "data-rigging," "student-data manipulation," "student-data scandal" and "improperly changed student data."

Even the Columbus Dispatch, which broke the whole story, hasn't been using the word "cheating." The DIspatch describes the accusations like this:

Columbus City Schools employees - and perhaps others in schools throughout the state - are accused of falsifying students' records to improve their schools' standing on state report cards.

No c-word there.

The Journal-Constitution's story about cheating on state tests nationwide places the Ohio investigation into whether school staff purposely knocked out potentially low-performing students' test scores from counting towards their schools' state grades right next to cases where teachers corrected students' answer sheets and told students the right answers.

Are all of those things like the others?

Would you call what some Ohio schools are suspected of doing "cheating"?

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