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Carver Testing Report Released

RPS Calls It "Extremely Troubling"

July 30, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Richmond, Va ( - The Virginia Department of Education has issued its final report on testing irregularities at Carver Elementary in Richmond.  The VDOE found, among other things, that assistance was given to students who were not supposed to receive assistance and that students were given hints as to whether their answers were correct or not.  The Department also says it was told by a variety of sources that only a small group of teachers were allowed to administer the SOL tests, and that teachers were taken off testing duty if the scores weren't high enough.

Carver is located off Leigh Street and serves a predominately poor population.  It received recognition for its high scores and improvements before the testing issue arose.  The principal has since been replaced.

In a statement, RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras said, "The report is deeply troubling. It presents abundant evidence of what amounts to cheating by a small group of adults on the SOL examinations for the past several years at Carver. To be clear: our students did nothing wrong; they merely followed the instructions of the adults responsible for them.

Cheating is unacceptable. Full stop. Above all else, my administration will be one of integrity – which, as one of my favorite elementary teachers so aptly put it, means doing the right thing even when no one is looking. We ask this of our students; the least we can do is model it ourselves."

Kamras is ordering a working group to come up with policies and procedures before the next round of SOL tests in 2019.

The state ordered retesting for students at Carver last year, although parents could chose to have their kids not take the tests.