Furguson Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens had its state accountability results thrown out this year after the ABC Unified School District found that a 3rd Grade teacher had inappropriately coached students while they took standardized tests.
Because of this misdeed by the unnamed teacher, Furguson Elementary, located at 22215 Elaine Ave., will not receive an Academic Performance Index score as part of the state school accountability system.
(API serves as a barometer of student achievement and determines whether a school has met its academic growth targets for the year). Furguson will be ineligible for two years for state performance awards like the California Distinguished School Award, according to John Boivin, administrator for the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program Office at the California Department of Education.
Here's the lo' down on how the cheating took place: Some of these details also appeared in Thursday's Long BEACH PRESS TELEGRAM.
While reviewing answer booklets to erase any stray pencil marks, a Teacher at Ferguson noticed that a booklet from one 3rd Grade teacher's classroom had an unusual amount of erasures changing incorrect answers to correct responses, said Boivin.
Because the alleged cheating affected at least 5 percent of the school's tested students, state rules forbid Ferguson from receiving an API score this year.
Why do we tolerate any type of cheating by public school teachers?
Who is this 3rd Grade Teacher? We deserve to know the truth.
I hope that every teacher that cheats to rig state or federal mandated test gets fired and held legally accountable in a court of law. We have a crisis in Public Education, and no one should ever condone this type of activity.
I hope the ABC Federation of Teachers launches it's own investigation to see if this is taking place at other schools, and to reveal the name of this cheating teacher.
(If it happened at Furguson could it be going on elsewhere?)
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IF YOU KNOW the NAME of this PARTICULAR TEACHER who CHEATED ON THIS TEST SCANDAL....DROP me a NOTE...
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