Clarksdale teacher’s license suspended as state investigates cheating

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development decided  to suspend the license of a Clarksdale Municipal School District teacher after determining she violated state law.

Tetra Winters allegedly cheated on state assessments during the 2012-13 school year at Heidelberg Elementary School.

Winters’ license will be suspended for five years.

The complaint filed against Winters was the second in an ongoing investigation into allegations of testing irregularities at Heidelberg Elementary School.

The complaint contains two counts of acts, which constitute violations of state law pertaining to mandatory state testing.

The following counts are:

The Respondent coached examinees during testing or altered or interfered with examinees’ responses during the administration of the 2013 Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition (MCT2) in violation of § 37-16-4(1)(c) of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

The Respondent participated in, directed, aided, counseled, assisted in, encouraged or failed to report any acts in violation of § 37-16-4(1)(f) of the Mississippi Code of 1972, during the administration of the 2013  Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition (MCT2).

MDE will release its findings to the public after determining what actions, if any, it will take.

The investigation into allegations of cheating at Heidelberg began in May 2014.

Another teacher at Heidelberg Elementary School was served a complaint.

Frances Smith-Kemp was the first to be served with a complaint alleging she was involved in testing irregularities. Smith-Kemp surrendered her teaching license on July 28, 2015.

 

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