Metro teacher accused of helping students cheat on TCAPs
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools is accused of helping students cheat on their TCAP standardized tests, and a judge is working to get to the bottom of it.
The Gra-Mar Middle School teacher, who has hired an attorney, remains suspended following the accusations that he may have given the students Post-It notes during a portion of the test.
In a meeting with his principal, seventh-grade teacher David Richard said it was an innocent attempt to address distracting behavior, writing things like "stop," "be quiet" or "stop tapping your pencil."
But, the principal also spoke with the students who received them, and they say Richard told them how to solve math problems.
The principal concluded he did so, so students could go back and change their answers.
The principal also wrote she felt the teacher gave her "inconsistent statements" about what happened and why.
The director of schools charged the teacher with violating TCAP security measures and revealed he would like to fire the teacher.
"There is a due process procedure," said Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register. "If we get into talking about the evidence or things like that, that's inappropriate."
An administrative law judge will consider the evidence much like a court case then decide what to do.
The school board would then review the decision and could vote to fire the teacher, who could appeal if that happens.
At least one board member said she has reservations about the students' accusations. Jill Speering said students who may be angry with a teacher for a particular reason could find a way to punish them.
In spite of that, the board of education still certified the accusations during its Tuesday meeting. That means it agrees there could be reason to fire Richard if a judge finds the accusations to be true.
Channel 4 News was unable to reach the teacher for comment on this story.
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