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Continued: District finds no merit to accusations of cheating on state tests

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 20, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Holmberg said that teachers at both schools, including math teachers, frequently work together to plan curricula and have been doing so for several years. And they have held joint meetings since this issue came up, he added.

“It’s interesting,” he said. “If there’s animosity between the schools, I’m not hearing that.”

But next year, Holmberg said there’s a “strong likelihood” that Hidden Oaks will no longer offer extra credit for showing work on the MCAs.

Even before this incident, the district was reviewing its assessment and grading practices, trying to make them more uniform. In addition, research shows that extra credit is most effective when it’s directly related to content taught in the class, he said.

However, students will still be encouraged to use scratch paper, he said.

 

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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