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UPDATE: Teacher who filed cheating complaint against BISD comes forward

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An update to a story we broke earlier this week: The Beaumont Independent School District teacher who filed a complaint with the Texas Education agency has come forward publicly.

Yvette Griffith revealed herself online on the BISD Board Watch Facebook page Thursday.  She's the teacher who reported an incident of cheating during the TAKS standardized test last year.

Griffith, Who's an English teacher at Central High School, says she hopes identifying herself will encourage other teachers to report similar experiences.

The TEA has asked the district to look into her claims.  BISD has launched an investigation.

 


 

Texas Education Agency's letter advising the district about Griffith's complaint:

Texas Education Agency Correspondence
Receipt of Complaint
Beaumont Independent School District
Testing Irregularities involving Statewide Assessment Instruments

Dear Superintendent Chargois and Mr. Reece:

By this message, we are notifying Beaumont ISD and its Board of Trustees of a written complaint that we recently received.  The complaint, in general, alleges improprieties in the local administration of statewide assessment in Beaumont ISD schools. Therefore, I will forward the complaint to our Division of Student Assessment (Test Administration Office) for proper review and determinations under the Division's procedures.

Additionally, anonymous reports of violations involving the administration of tests in the state assessment program are accepted and reviewed by TEA to the extent possible.

Should TEA initiate a Special Accreditation Investigation, the Superintendent and Board President will receive a formal notice identifying the specific allegations, to include a request for information and a full description of the investigation procedures.

TEA has jurisdiction and authority to investigate written complaints alleging a violation of test security in school districts (and public charter schools) under the following authorities:

Under the Texas Education Code Section 39.057(a)(8)  in response to an allegation regarding or an analysis using a statistical method result indicating a possible violation of an assessment instrument security procedure established under Section 39.0301, including for the purpose of investigating or auditing a school district under that section. In addition, under TEC Section 39.056, the commissioner may direct the agency to conduct on-site investigations of a school district at any time to answer any questions concerning a program, including special education, required by federal law or for which the district receives federal funds.

Further under Texas Education Code Section 39.0303, a person commits an offense if: (1)  the person intentionally discloses the contents of any portion of a secure assessment instrument developed or administered under this subchapter, including the answer to any item in the assessment instrument; and (2)  the disclosure affects or is likely to affect the individual performance of one or more students on the assessment instrument.(b)  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

Should you have any questions, you may reach me directly at (512) 463-9342.

Respectfully,
Ms. Emi Johnson, Director
Correspondence Management and Special Investigations | Tel 512.463.9342
Complaintsmanagement@tea.state.tx.us<mailto:Complaintsmanagement@tea.state.tx.us> | Texas Education Agency<http://www.tea.state.tx.us/>

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