D.C. Fifth Grade Teacher Accused of Helping Students Cheat on Standardized Test

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    A D.C. Public Schools teacher is accused of helping her students cheat on a comprehensive exam. It's the second time cheating has been discovered at Plummer Elementary School in Southeast. News4' Mark Segraves explains what this means for the students who took the test. (Published Thursday, May 15, 2014)

    A D.C. teacher is being fired following accusations she helped her students cheat on a standardized test.

    The fifth-grade teacher at Plummer Elementary School in Southeast apparently saw a portion of the D.C. CAS exams ahead of time in violation of regulations and created a study guide for her students, who took the test in April.

    She told the Washington Post she didn't do anything wrong, but sources familiar with the investigation told News4 she signed a formal document admitting to the charges.

    Plummer’s principal is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

    D.C. Public Schools says it appears to be an isolated incident.

    "This is the only confirmed incident of cheating from 2014 that we have at this point," DCPS Chief of Data and Strategy Pete Weber told News4's Mark Segraves.

    Last year, 15 schools were found to have some level of cheating on the annual comprehensive tests, which are used to evaluate teacher performance and determine bonuses for teachers.

    "The good news story here is that the testing protocols we've put in place are working," Weber said. "The staff at the school notified us when they saw something that they thought wasn't right."

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