Somerton principal, teacher resign after AIMS testing violation


Somerton principal, teacher resign after AIMS testing violation


SOMERTON, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Two faculty members at a Somerton school will not be returning next school year.

The principal and a teacher at Tierra del Sol Elementary School resigned following an Arizona Department of Education investigation that revealed AIMS testing guidelines were violated.

Today, the Somerton Elementary School District is finally addressing the issue.

Somerton School District Superintendent, Dr. Frank Reed, says fourth grade teacher Sahara Cassidy told her students to go back and look over their answers during the assessment testing last year - which is a violation of the AIMS testing guidelines.

Reed says it's not a serious violation, however, it is a violation that cost both Cassidy and Tierra del Sol Principal, Veronica Lopez, their jobs.

He says the incident was reported to Lopez as well as the Arizona Department of Education.

The Arizona Department of Education then started investigating what happened.

Last week, Somerton School District board members voted to allow Cassidy and Lopez to resign.

Reed says in the 20 years he has been with the district, this is the first time this has happened and that it's unfortunate because both faculty members were well-liked by parents and students.

The Department of Education can take away Cassidy's teaching credentials but that's yet to be determined.

The resignation of both Lopez and Cassidy takes effect June 30.

No word yet on who will be replacing their positions.