Auditor: State Vulnerable to School Cheating 8/30/13
EL PASO, Texas - A state audit has found that the Texas Education
Agency is unable to detect widespread cheating on the state's school
The El Paso Times reports the audit report is to be
released Friday. The report, of which it received an advance copy, says state
education officials instead rely on school districts to police themselves.
State Education Commissioner Michael Williams requested the audit to see how
the TEA failed to detect widespread cheating ultimately exposed at the El Paso
Independent School District in 2010. The Times, whose investigation in 2012
documented cheating the TEA missed two years earlier, reports the audit report
raises questions about the integrity of the entire state school accountability
Williams told the newspaper the report points to TEA leadership failures
under his predecessor.