COLOMA Standarized test results have been thrown out the window for a school that let students fill out answers after they had already turned their tests in.
The Herald Palladium reports that Coloma Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade students were allowed to return to their Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests last fall and fill in answers to questions they had left blank.
James Griffith of the Department of Education stopped short of calling the incident "cheating," saying only that testing instructions were not followed. They questioned students and teachers at the school, after receiving multiple tips about the irregularity.
The Michigan Department of Education invalidated the entire school's results. It is too late for a retest, so the state will list Coloma Elementary as not having tested the students at all, which violates state and federal education laws.
State monitors will be at the school when the next MEAP tests are conducted in the spring of 2015.