Published Online: May 31, 2016
Published in Print: June 1, 2016, as Principal Cites Prayer, Not Cheating, for High Scores

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Principal Cites Prayer, Not Cheating, for High Scores

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A principal in Clarksdale, Miss., who is accused of directing teachers to cheat on their students' standardized exams told a state education official that a dramatic increase on test scores was the result of prayer.

In testimony last week during Lawanda Tyler-Jones' disciplinary hearing, Walt Drane, the state education department's executive director of student assessment and accountability, said Tyler-Jones indicated in an interview that she had anointed the desks, the pencils, the doorways, and students' heads with holy water.

Several Heidelberg Elementary School educators told Drane that Tyler-Jones had instructed them to coach students and change their responses during testing.

Vol. 35, Issue 32, Page 5

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