This from Teacher Magazine:
SC probes award-winning, inner-city school
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When MiShawna Moore became principal of one of Charleston's poorest inner-city schools five years ago, she sought to make it a beacon among the nearby housing projects and homeless shelter.
She helped parents pay bills and threw open doors to the two-story brown brick and glass building on weekends. She washed students' clothing and made sure each of the more than 300 students at Sanders-Clyde Elementary had a gift to open each Christmas.
Standardized test scores shot up. Plaudits and an award soon followed. Talk of demolishing the building and sending students to a different school evaporated.
But Moore departed last spring for a job in North Carolina, and scores from the tests taken shortly before she left dropped dramatically.
Officials are now questioning what they call an unusual number of erasure marks on old tests. Law enforcement is investigating, and parents once impressed with the school's record are second-guessing enrolling their children and worried what the publicity will do to the school...
...Some local educators were suspicious of the turnaround at Sanders-Clyde, where tests showed some children's scores rising two performance levels, which is unusual.
Larry DiCenzo, principal of Orange Grove Elementary Charter School, raised questions in May after reading a newspaper article on Moore. He said three Sanders-Clyde students transferred to Orange Grove, outstanding PACT scores in hand.
"But when they came to us, the kids were struggling or even having a hard time getting C's," he said. "We felt there was something not right here." ...