A Seattle Times investigation has uncovered more details about the testing controversy at Seattle’s Beacon Hill International School.
Student testing booklets had been stored in a janitor’s closet for several weeks, a practice that is common in Seattle schools but recently drew concerns from an internal auditor. Five staff members at Beacon Hill — the principal, Po-yuk Tang, an assistant principal, a family-support worker and two custodians — had access to the closet where the test booklets were scored.
State officials announced Tuesday they had invalidated the school’s test scores after finding a large number of wrong answers had been erased and changed to the correct response.
In Seattle, principals can earn up to $7,500 extra each year based on student test scores and a number of other performance indicators. The Association of Washington School Principals says it is not aware of any other district in the state that incorporates test scores into principal pay.
District spokeswoman Stacy Howard said the practice “symbolizes (the district’s) commitment to excellence in school leadership.” Unlike principals, Seattle teachers don’t earn more if their students score well on standardized tests.
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