Discipline Decided In North Central Cheating Scandal

1 Teacher Resigns, 5 Others Suspended Without Pay

Disciplinary action has been decided for the six North Central High School biology teachers involved in an ISTEP cheating scandal.

The Washington Township School District and the Indiana Department of Education conducted an investigation that found that a North Central biology teacher took extensive handwritten notes on the test's questions while students completed the online exam in 2009 and 2010.

That teacher, referred to as "Teacher A" in the DOE's report, typed up the notes, the report said.

The process to terminate "Teacher A" was started, but the teacher resigned before the termination process could be completed.

"Teacher A" shared the typed document with four other biology teachers at the school, one of whom requested an electronic copy and shared it with his or her spouse, who is an administrator for another central Indiana school district, the report said.

The teacher who reportedly requested an electronic copy has been suspended for 15 days without pay. The other three teachers who reportedly received copies of the test materials have been suspended for four days without pay.

A sixth teacher, who was also an administrator, reportedly heard about the document but failed to report it or investigate further, leading to a 10-day suspension without pay.

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