Waterbury school officials have placed 17 staffers at Hopeville Elementary School on paid administrative leave while the state investigates evidence that students’ answers on the Connecticut Mastery Tests were changed.

The Republican-American newspaper reports those placed on leave include all staff who administered the tests or were involved in security.

School officials say being placed on administrative leave is not an indication of guilt, but is a way to help preserve evidence.

School officials have said a preliminary review of scores submitted from Hopeville showed a significant number of wrong answers had been erased and corrected.

School Superintendent David Snead told parents last week that it’s clear to him there were some “gross improprieties.”


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