School employees accused of tampering with SOL tests

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two Richmond Public School employees are accused of tampering with Standard of Learning tests otherwise called SOLs.

The school system says the writing portions of the tests at two public schools were tampered with. Now 17 eighth grade students at Elkhardt Middle School and all fifth-grade students at Ginter Park Elementary School had to take their writing exams again.

School authorities say trained testing officials discovered the irregularities and reported their suspicions to the state and district, immediately.

"It's unfortunate for Richmond Public Schools in the sense that we don't condone any of this, and we believe that our accountability system worked and we're proud of what the students did with the retakes and with the outstanding teachers," said, Victoria Oakley, Chief Academic Officer for Richmond Public Schools.

Oakley wouldn't say if the tampering was to better the scores but say both schools have been accredited multiple times. Several students were interviewed, but they are not part of the investigation:

"Our children did nothing wrong our children did absolutely nothing wrong the children took the test under the appropriate testing conditions and when the materials were collected there appeared by the testing coordinator there had been some tampering after the testing," said Oakley.

The investigation isn't over yet. We're told the two staff members accused of tampering with the SOL tests are being disciplined.

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