Eighth graders at L. J. Alleman Middle School will now have to re-take phase one of the LEAP test they completed only days ago.
Nearly 20 students will now have to retake the state mandated exam. Parents are being notified by a letter in the mail stating "irregularities" during the testing process.
"First thing we did was notify the District Testing Coordinator, from that point on it was out of my hands. He notified the state" says L. J. Alleman Principal Kathy Aloisio.
In the letter to parents it states. "The testing environment was not appropriate...test irregularities occurred which will cause your child's test scores to be voided."
"Unfortunately as much as we don't want things like that to happen when they do happen we don't have a choice" says Superintendent Burnell Lemoine.
This is the first year the state mandated test is being broken into two phases, both of which need to be passed for the student to be able to move to the next grade level.
The class will be forced to retake phase 1 of that test the same week in mid April that they're set to take phase 2.
School officials are not releasing much information at this time as to just what actually cause these students hoping to be in high school next year to re-take the test.
They do plan on airing it out with parents at an upcoming special meeting.
The school will hold a special meeting for parents with concerns or questions regarding the issue on Monday at 7:30 AM in the campus library.
Despite the LEAP test setback, there is some good news for that school. L. J. Alleman has been officially honored as one of the top schools in the country.
The middle school had nearly a thousand people, including students, outside Friday morning to celebrate it's being recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Members of the US Department of Education were on hand to congratulate the school on this prestigious award.
"We actually want them to go throughout the district and mentor other schools, as well as mentor other schools around the country, with their really great programs" says Will Tanner with the U.S. Department of Education.
Out of over one 1077 schools qualifying for the award, just over 300 throughout the country were labeled as Blue Ribbon Schools of excellence.
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