Report finds violations with ACT tests

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former high school principal and two others have been referred to the Education Professional Standards Board after an investigation by the Kentucky Department of Education found violations with standardized testing.

According to the Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1pWFLTN ), the investigation report released Monday found principal David Mike, counselor Rhonda Branch and teacher Debbie Greenberg violated rules while giving the ACT Compass Test in 2013.

Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told the newspaper that the three were referred to the educational standards board because the violations could prove to be intentional.

The board could respond in a number of ways after reviewing the case, including a written reprimand or revoking professional licenses.

A Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman said Mike, who has been reassigned to non-instructional duties, declined to comment. Greenberg and Branch could not be located.

The report also found that there were apparent attempts to cover up the incidents.

"Two staff members indicated that Mr. Mike and/or Ms. Greenberg tried to coach them as to what to say to the investigators when questioned. A student indicated she felt intimidated or bullied by Mr. Mike into lying for him about the Compass cheating," the report said.

JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey says the district is reviewing the report as part of its own investigation.

Holliday recommended more training in ethics and test administration for the three employees if they assist in any future testing.

"JCPS takes the recommendations in this report very seriously and will ensure the employees mentioned follow these directives so that student learning and achievement remain the focus of their efforts," Jackey said in a statement.

The fall 2013 ACT Compass scores for the school were invalidated.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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