Plateau Valley teacher accused of test trickery resigns job

A Plateau Valley Elementary School teacher accused of improper behavior during standardized testing at the school resigned Wednesday night.

The teacher, identified by school leaders as Tammy Clark, presented a letter of resignation to Plateau Valley School Board members at a board meeting Wednesday. Clark spoke to the board in a private session, then the board voted publicly to accept her resignation, according to board member Judy Skrbina.

Skrbina said she could not relay what was discussed in the private board session and said the district has agreed not to discuss any details of Clark’s employment or resignation.

Skrbina and Plateau Valley Superintendent Greg Randall did not say if Clark will finish the school year, which ends next Thursday. Clark was still listed as a fifth-grade teacher on the district’s website as of Thursday afternoon.

When contacted by a reporter Thursday, Randall read from a statement saying the board accepted Clark’s resignation Wednesday and the district plans to honor the agreement not to discuss Clark’s employment.

Randall said he could provide no other information and that he could not say whether the investigation into Clark’s alleged behavior will continue.

District administrators this spring have been investigating allegations of “possible inconsistencies” with test protocol and monitoring related to Clark. The district conducted interviews with potential witnesses and students who took Colorado Student Assessment Program or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests under Clark’s supervision in 2010, 2011 or 2012.

The Colorado Department of Education has confirmed the department has been in touch with Plateau Valley School District during the investigation but will not relay further details until an impropriety is confirmed or denied.


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