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Report: Principal Eyed In Waterbury School Cheating Allegations

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – An attorney investigating alleged cheating on the Connecticut Mastery Test at a Waterbury school says it appears to have been orchestrated by the principal and a reading teacher.

Frederick Dorsey’s report to state officials says other Hopeville School teachers also improperly coached students to change their wrong answers, but mostly because they feared reprisals from Principal Maria Moulthrop.

The investigation was launched after Hopeville’s CMT scores jumped dramatically and a review of test sheets found many wrong answers had been changed.

Moulthrop is on administrative leave and has not returned messages from The Associated Press and the Republican-American, which reported Dorsey’s findings Wednesday.

Moulthrop and the reading teacher denied wrongdoing in interviews with Dorsey. Waterbury’s superintendent says they are reviewing the report to determine whether to launch disciplinary proceedings.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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