A Dekalb County elementary school teacher, who suspended 13 poorly-performing students a day before state-wide standardized tests were administered, has resigned.
Principal Angela Jennings of Rock Chapel Elementary in Lithonia, Georgia, admitted in a memo to Dekalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson, that she suspended the children because she was ““worried about the effect certain students would have on her school’s chance to make annual yearly progress, or AYP.”
She said “before the CRCT, I sent a letter to the parents of 13 students advising that they would be withdrawn due to poor attendance, which would cause the school not to make AYP.”
Tyson passed the information of to the state’s Professional Standards Commission, seeking an opinion whether any ethics violations might have been triggered.
Gary Walker, of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, said the case was not the first of its kind. He said that in another county, a principal suspended 86 children before the state exam. “Yeah, they were withdrawn one day, and a day later they were reinstated. They were out one day,” he said.
No word on whether Jennings will be disciplined, as her case is making its way through the Professional Standards Commission.