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St. Louis probes allegations over science tests

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis school officials are investigating "severe allegations" that testing procedures were violated at an elementary school.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports teachers at Herzog Elementary School said last April that school staff interfered with the science portion of the Missouri Assessment Program. The investigation is expected to conclude next month.

District documents indicate three teachers reported that teachers at the elementary school were instructed to look up parts of the test in advance to prepare students. They also were directed to leave answers blank. Students were called out of class by staff members and told to redo parts of the science test. One student reported answers in the test booklet already were completed.

The reading and math portions of the Missouri Assessment Program are used in state accreditation.

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