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Principal, 4 teachers charged in probe into cheating on tests in Philadelphia school system

Pennsylvania prosecutors have filed charges against a principal and four teachers, accusing them of cheating on standardized tests in the Philadelphia school system.

Officials say the five changed student answers, provided answers to students and improperly reviewed questions prior to administering the tests. They say a grand jury found that after the cheating stopped in 2012, the percentage of students who scored well on the tests dropped dramatically.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Thursday that the defendants are accused of "perpetuating a culture of cheating" on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests over a five-year period.

The School Reform Commission, an appointed board that oversees the district, in January fired three high school principals and announced plans to discipline dozens of teachers and administrators following an investigation into cheating.

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