Cheating Probe Clears Six Staffers At Waterbury School

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Five teachers and the vice principal of a Waterbury school are returning to their jobs after being exonerated of any involvement in a cheating scheme that artificially inflated students’ Connecticut Mastery Test scores.

They were among 17 Hopeville Elementary School educators placed on paid leave during a state investigation of the tests, which drew attention when they showed the school’s students inexplicably had achieved Connecticut’s highest scores.

The Republican-American reports the six exonerated educators were welcomed back to their jobs this week.

The review found children were improperly coached to change their wrong test answers under a plan allegedly orchestrated by Hopeville’s principal and a reading teacher, who deny wrongdoing and face potential termination.

About 160 current and former Hopeville students re-took the test this month.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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