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Investigation Finds Five Teachers at Jefferson Elementary Cheated on Exams

The Houston Independent School District wants to fire those teachers.

Investigators say five teachers at Jefferson Elementary were involved in cheating on state exams last year.

Now the Houston Independent School District wants to fire those teachers. It will recommend that at its board meeting Thursday.

There are still 11 other teachers from Jefferson in North Houston under investigation. The district says it will continue to examine their conduct on last year’s state standardized tests.

Superintendent Terry Grier says in a written statement he takes these findings “very seriously” and that it’s imperative to have “reliable and unbiased test results, as testing helps the district measure the degree to which students are learning.”

The Houston teachers union and also some parents at Jefferson Elementary have rejected the cheating allegations. They’ve also raised concerns with how investigators have handled the probe.

The investigation for HISD was done by the law firm Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom.

Last November, the Houston school district announced it was reassigning 20 teachers from two elemetary schools, Jefferson and Atherton, amid cheating allegations. Last month, HISD said it found that three teachers from Atherton were implicated in cheating.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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