Education officials in Texas have announced plans to ramp up investigations in more than 600 schools accused recently of cheating on statewide exams, according to a report in The Houston Chronicle. The decision comes after an independent consulting firm, which the state reportedly paid $533,000 to conduct an analysis on its testing methods, found anomalies in the scores posted at several schools. The firm reportedly did not name the schools outright in its report to the public, the paper said.