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A Durham region elementary school is among 10 Ontario schools under investigation for allegations of cheating on provincial tests.

A Durham region elementary school is among 10 Ontario schools under investigation for allegations of cheating on provincial tests.

“A teacher used a copy of last year’s assessment to practise with her students” at the Quaker Village Public School in Uxbridge, Andrea Pidwerbecki, communications manager at Durham District School Board, told the Toronto Star yesterday.

“The school is working with EQAO to investigate and to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” she said.

“It involved human error, no malice” in the Grade 6 reading portion of the EQAO tests.

“Students and parents have been notified and reassured this does not impact on student marks in any way,” Pidwerbecki said, adding 42 Grade 6 students were involved.

Results in those 10 investigated classes tested under the Education Quality and Accountability Office standard provincial exams have been withdrawn for the winter 2009-10 round.

But “it’s not going to change any outcomes for grades 3, 6 or 9,” said Marie Parsons, EQAO chief assessment officer. “It’s an unfortunate incident. A piece of the puzzle is missing. But EQAO is only one piece of the picture of how well students are performing.”

About 500 students were involved in the investigations.

The school-by-school test results released last week were for grades 3 and 6 (reading, writing and math) and Grade 9 (math) during the last school year.

With Files from The Canadian Press

 
 
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