Former Teachers at Heidelberg Elementary School in Mississippi say Principal Gave Them Instructions on How to Help Students Cheat on Tests

 

Heidelberg Elementary School Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones disputes any wrong-doing concerning test scores. (Photo: Greg Jenson, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger)
Heidelberg Elementary School Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones disputes any wrong-doing concerning test scores. (Photo: Greg Jenson, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger)

The principal of a Mississippi elementary school gathered her teachers into the library one week before the cand gave them instructions on how to help students cheat on tests, three former teachers who attended that meeting said.

The former teachers of Heidelberg Elementary School would not agree to be named for fear their knowledge of, or participation in, the inappropriate testing practices could jeopardize their licenses.

But they gave similar accounts of how unethical testing practices ultimately raised the Clarksdale Municipal School District‘s elementary school from failing to excelling in just two years.

You are to pace the students, principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones reportedly told her staff. Keep them on one page or one set of questions until the entire class has caught up.

STORY: State to probe cheating allegations at Miss. school

You are to have students write their answers in the test booklet and not on the Scantron sheets. While they’re working, you are to walk around the classroom and look over their answers. If an answer is wrong, alert the child so they can try again.

When you’re satisfied that all children have correctly finished that portion of the test, instruct them to bubble in the Scantron sheet with their answers. If they don’t know the answers, tell them to leave the Scantron blank.

You are then to repeat the process with the next set of problems until the entire test is done.

One of the teachers also said Tyler-Jones locked herself in her office with the completed tests and bubbled in any blanks left by students on the Scantron sheets with the correct answers.

The teachers’ statements come less than two weeks after a (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger investigationrevealed potential cheating at Clarksdale Municipal School District’s only A-rated school.

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Source: USA Today | Emily Le Coz, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger

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