2 Philly principals surrender credentials in probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two Philadelphia school principals caught up in a widespread cheating probe have surrendered their administrative credentials in lieu of discipline.

District leaders said in a statement Wednesday that they support how the state handled the case. They say there’s no room for cheating in schools.

The state had been investigating allegations that Barbara McCreery changed student answers on standardized tests known as the PSSAs while leading Communications Technology High School.

Officials had been looking into similar allegations against Lola Marie O’Rourke, former principal of Locke Elementary School.

So far, a statewide probe of test results from 2009-11 has found that 15 districts or charter schools tampered with the exams.

O’Rourke and McCreery have left the district. Neither could be reached for comment.

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