State details MEAP scandal investigation

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

COLOMA Michigan’s Department of Education is releasing new information about why they threw out MEAP test results for all Coloma Elementary students.

According to the state report, acquired by the Herald Palladium, Coloma engaged in at least three improper activities.

1. Elementary school failed to adequately train teachers on test administration procedures.
2. Principal Nancy Nimtz is accused of trying to obtain a copy of the fifth-grade MEAP science test from District Assessment Coordinator Ruth Kittleson, who refused and told her it was improper. The report says she went to the middle school, but they also turned her away. She eventually acquired a copy from another school district, but she will not tell investigators which one.
3. Nimtz reportedly showed the test to teachers briefly, before the testing date.
4. 3rd and 4th grade students were allowed to fill in answers to questions they had left blank, after the tests were given.

The report also finds fault with Kittleson for not reporting Nimtz’s behavior to the state. She only told the superintendent of schools, who did not pursue the issue.

The school has until Friday to appeal the state’s decision to throw out students’ test results.

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