The Texas Education Agency says it will create a new investigative division after a state report highlighted serious flaws with how it monitors its more than 1,000 districts.
The State Auditor's Office report released Friday confirmed that TEA did not perform a thorough investigation of serious cheating allegations in the El Paso Independent School District.
An El Paso Times investigation revealed that district administrators were pushing out low-performing students to drive up the district's test scores. Former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia also pleaded guilty to fraud allegations related to a no-bid contact and is now in prison.
TEA Commissioner Michael Williams blamed his predecessor for failing to investigate allegations of cheating.
The Times first reported on the audit report.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.