Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pontiac Superintendent suspended for schools turning in the MEAP late to state


Pontiac school administrator put on leave after state receives MEAP tests late

Failure to turn in one school’s Michigan Education Assessment Program test results to the state by deadline this fall has resulted in a Pontiac school district official being put on administrative leave while an investigation is underway.

Pontiac school Superintendent Brian Dougherty said the investigation was launched into the handling of the test results from Whitmer Human Resource Center elementary after they were turned in 19 days past the state deadline.

The district’s assessment coordinator was put on administrative leave until the investigation is completed later this week, said Dougherty, who would not release the name of the administrator and would not go into detail about what happened.

“We are still wrapping up the investigation as to what occurred,” Dougherty said Tuesday afternoon.

The MEAP tests were completed at the building but did not meet the filing deadlines.

“We have been working to get the scores. I want my teachers to have that data because that’s what we use to do intervention with students,” Dougherty said.

Teachers look at the data for the class as a whole for individual students to determine what steps to take to help students succeed.

Rumors that the principal of WHRC was suspended are not true, Dougherty said.

However, the principal of Herrington Elementary has been put on administrative leave while an investigation into a personnel matter is underway at that school.

The superintendent said he could not comment further on either situation until the investigations were complete.

Contact Diana Dillaber Murray at 248-745-4638 or email diana.dillaber@oakpress, or Twitter @DDillybar.