The Southampton School Board has asked an independent attorney to look into an accommodation made for a student during a Regents exam last month.
Staff members at Southampton High School took issue with a relatively last-minute decision to allow a student whose parent teaches at the school to take an exam in the parent’s classroom. It prompted a protest at the end of the school year, with many teachers wearing black.
“Academic integrity, and especially testing administration, represents the core of confidence in the system,” says a statement from the School Board posted on the district website. “Our teachers, families and community members should always feel that this element of the school system is operating at the highest level.”
School Board president Heather McCallion explained that the board “had gotten word through a number of different means that there was concern about the accommodation that was made,” mostly on the part of teachers, and that the board wanted to act with “an abundance of caution and transparency.”
She said it was her understanding that the attorney was going to speak to people involved in the incident to make sure there was no impropriety.
“We believe that maintaining confidence requires an independent review of the matter,” the School Board’s statement continues. “Therefore, we have expedited this and expect to resolve our inquiry over the next several weeks.”