SCOTT COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)– A Tri-Cities region school administrator intentionally broke the rules for administering state mandated tests, according to a just-released state investigation.
In an irregularity report obtained by News Channel 11, it says the Virginia Department of Education investigated whether three students from Weber City Elementary were moved from third grade, back to second grade with only four weeks to go before the end of the school year.
State investigators found one student’s academic records were intentionally falsified by an administrator, so they did not have to take the required standards of learning test, or SOL.
Records reveal someone sent an anonymous letter to the state, claiming the Weber City Elementary principal, Dr. Kellie Johnson, electronically changed the student’s grade classification after parents asked they be held back.
The person in the letter said the students were enrolled into 2nd grade homeroom, but continued to participate in the 3rd grade classroom they had been in all year.
“I question whether Dr. Johnson or her supervisor have violated testing protocol as well as abused their position as administrators of our school,” the person in the letter stated.
The state said Virginia guidelines required the students take the exams.
Because of what happened, the Scott County school system must increase training for their administrators pn regulations and policies, develop guidelines for administrative academic placement, and get a new testing coordinator at Weber City Elementary school.
We reached out to the Scott County School Board office. No one wanted to be interviewed, but Assistant Superintendent Jason Smith issued this statement:
“Scott County Schools is aware of the allegations and has been in full cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education in investigating this issue. With the final irregularity report submitted from the Virginia Department of Education, Scott County Schools will work to take appropriate actions. However, due to the fact that this is also a personnel matter, we have no further comment at this time.”
It is unclear whether anyone has faced corrective action.