Dallas school district says it mishandled cheating

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DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas school district says it should have contacted families sooner after learning of falsified test scores in an elementary school. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas Independent School District’s Umphrey Lee Elementary school has plummeted in the state rankings since five teachers and an instructional coach resigned while under investigation in October. District officials concluded the educators gave students answers on most of the 2012-2013 state assessment tests.

The district said Thursday that it was a mistake to wait on state action, instead of contacting parents whose children may have been promoted in part because of the test scores. A district spokesman says he’s unaware of any special resources offered to students whose scores were boosted. The five teachers say they didn’t violate any testing rules.

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