Miss. Department of Education: Principal Committed “Alleged Cheating on State Tests”

JACKSON, Miss.–A Jackson Public School District elementary principal has been suspended from her job in regards to alleged state test cheating.

Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson on Wednesday had her license suspended for one year.

“Based upon evidence, it was determined that Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson knowingly and willingly committed acts to affect the validity of state tests,” said Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle.

Guilfoyle said that Andrus-Johnson would be able to appeal this decision after one year if she wants to do so.

“It was related to alleged cheating on state tests,” said Guilfoyle when asked what specifically caused the suspension from Watkins Elementary.

One of the things that Guilfoyle did point out to News Mississippi when having a conversation was just how important these tests are to school districts.

“They do have very high stakes involved,” she said.



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