Waco ISD teacher on paid leave following STAAR testing violation
UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:03am
Waco, Texas — A Waco ISD principal is on paid leave after reportedly violating STAAR Testing protocol Thursday.
Dr. Susan Thames, Principal of Indian Spring Middle School is on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation, which will be conducted by the Texas Education Agency.
Waco ISD says the violation is more of a security violation as opposed to a cheating scandal. "I want to emphasize not a cheating scandal," said Waco ISD Spokesman Dale Caffey.
Caffey says the violation is more about a discussion that took place after the tests were taken which goes against the TEA's testing procedures. He says there is a set protocol to follow before, during, and after the tests. "There's a high level of training, and the district takes this very seriously," said Caffey.
Caffey says the district self-reported after they became aware of the incident. Caffey didn't say if Thames was directly linked to the incident, but he did say "ultimately the principal is responsible for the campus".
Caffey said discussions took place after the tests were taken that weren't supposed to happen. The violation, he says puts the district in a bad light.
"We will continue to test students all across the district. The tests taken this week might be in jeopardy. We don't think they will be. We will continue to prepare for future tests," said Caffey.
A retired Waco ISD assistant principal and a retired Waco ISD principal will step in to lead the campus until the investigation is complete.