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Camdenton Principal Resigns After MAP Cheating Allegations

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- The Camdenton R-III Board of Education has accepted the resignation of middle school principal Sean Kirksey, just months after allegations that school staff helped students cheat on MAP tests.
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- The Camdenton R-III Board of Education has accepted the resignation of middle school principal Sean Kirksey, just months after allegations that school staff helped students cheat on MAP tests.

Kirkey's resignation was announced Friday morning following after Board hearing to consider the termination of his contract.

"In consideration of his resignation and a full release of any claims, the Board agreed to honor the balance of his 2013-2014 contract," writes Dori Davis, Legal Secretary for McDorman Ellsworth & Hardwick LLC.

The Missouri Assessment Program, also known as "MAP," is a standardized test that evaluates students in communication arts, mathematics and science.

The testing violations were reported at Camdenton Middle School. The District Testing Coordinator launched the investigation after reports were received in late May 2013.

Right now, these reports are strictly allegations, but district leaders felt they had enough merit to notify the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"We received reports of possible violations of testing protocol," says Camdenton Schools Superintendent Tim Hadfield. "Which could've included isolated events of signaling to students regarding answers and scheduling violations that testing schedules weren't followed."

While no truth to the cheating has been proven at this time, it's something the district says it won't stand for.

"It causes you to pause as a district and we want to do it right," Hadfield says. "We need to do our due diligence and are dealing with allegations, not facts, and want to do what we have to do to get to the bottom of things."

The MAP test is made up of multiple choice, machine-scored items and constructed response items. Camdenton Middle School has a history of high scores.

"As a district, we've attained the state's highest level of accreditation every year possible under the Missouri School Improvement Program," Hadfield says.

If these allegations prove to be true, the school could lose some funding.

The superintendent tells us there have been concerns on the MAP test investigated in the past, but no merit was found to those.
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