Source: Petersburg elementary school under investigation for possibly cheating on SOLs

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg City Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education are investigating ‘irregularities on Standards of Learning tests.’ Sources tell 8News the school at the center of the investigation is A.P. Hill Elementary School, and that the accusations involve cheating on SOL tests.

The source told 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh that “people will be held accountable” and employees will “likely be losing their job.” The source added that the investigation will likely be wrapped up by Wednesday of this week.

Details of the allegations, including the extent of teacher involvement, are unclear at this point.

A release from Petersburg City Public Schools confirmed an investigation is underway at one of their schools and stated, ‘everyone involved in SOL testing in Petersburg schools received training on testing procedures before the tests were given to students. Anyone found in violation of the testing procedures will be held accountable.’

The Virginia Department of Education says, in general, testing irregularities can result in students being required to be re-tested and if teachers deliberately violate the security agreement with testing they can lose their teaching license.

It’s unclear at this point if retesting will be required.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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