Connecticut’s Department of Education has launched an investigation into testing irregularities at a Hartford elementary school.

State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor released the following statement this afternoon regarding the investigation:

“The Connecticut State Department of Education has retained the law firm of Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell and Beck, P.C. to conduct an investigation into potential irregularities detected on Betances Elementary School’s 2013 Connecticut Mastery Tests. The Hartford public school district has expressed and demonstrated their full cooperation. We will provide updates on the progress of this investigation at appropriate times.”

Hartford issued a joint statement on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto and Board of Education Chairman Matthew Poland that read:

“[We] stand with Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor in our commitment to valid and accurate student assessments. We take the concerns of testing irregularities very seriously. The Superintendent and Board Chair have requested and are totally committed to a full and swift investigation and to holding any responsible individual(s) accountable if there has been interference with student assessments at Betances Elementary School, as accurate assessments are critical components of sound instructional curriculum.”


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