Oakland schools’ test scores may be false

Bay City News
Wednesday October 04, 2000

OAKLAND — The Oakland Unified School District announced today it is looking into allegations that standardized testing results were fudged in three classrooms. 

According the district's Office of Public Information, “irregularities” have been alleged at Horace Mann, Toler Heights, and Carl B. Munck elementary schools. The implication is that teachers or other staff there exaggerated SAT/9 test scores to boost student ratings at the schools. 

Allegations against the first two schools were reported to the district by the state, and allegations against Carl B. Munck Elementary School came from within the district, according to a school district news release. 


“If we find that any of these irregularities were created by  

someone on our staff trying to inflate test scores, there will be swift discipline, up to and including termination,” Oakland schools Superintendent Dennis Chaconas said in the news release. Chaconas has called a news conference for 2:30 p.m. today to discuss the allegations.