KDE report: Male HS students received help on test from teachers


by WHAS11.com


Posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 6:58 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – On Monday, July 7, state investigators say teachers did help students answer questions on a version of the ACT test.

Now the principal and two staff members are being looked at by the state teacher licensing board.

The report is nine pages long and gives a critical look at how administrators and teachers handled the ACT Compass test.

“Victory. We've been trying to get this out in the open you know expose this man for the wrong doings that he did,” recent Male High School graduate Jordan Bybee said.

“Although it may bring shame on our school it's going to help fix it,” Katie Sawyer, a senior at Male High School, said.

The months-long investigation by the Kentucky Department of Education found that students were given assistance on the ACT Compass test by teachers and other students.

The report also said school leaders coached teachers on what to say to investigators. Principal Mike asked them to destroy practice test notebooks and told students to lie.

The report said there were also threats of over staffing teachers and sending them to other schools who didn't comply with what was happening.

“We've never had that problem here at Male High School. So this has just been detrimental,” Susan Ford, parent of student at Male High School, said.

JCPS has been waiting on this report from the state to go ahead with their investigation into Principal Mike.

The district is looking into how he handled the test and his professional behavior.

Principal Mike is on non-instructional duty right now pending the outcome of the district investigation.

One teacher that was mentioned in the report retired July 1 and another counselor is still employed by JCPS.

The licensing board is reviewing the matter now and depending on the findings all three could face some kind of disciplinary action.

The state is also recommending that Principal Mike get ethics training.

For the full report, click here.