ANDOVER — A teacher at West Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of testing irregularities during administration of the MCAS tests, according to Nicole Kieser, a spokesperson for the Andover School District.

Kieser said the irregularities occurred on April 25 to 26, and May 13.

The school would not identify the teacher.

A letter sent to West Elementary School parents Wednesday from Principal Liz Roos reads:

“Last week we received reports that there may have been testing irregularities during administration of the MCAS tests on April 25-26 and May 13, 2019. By law, we must investigate this report and must also report it to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state education agency for investigation. As a result and as is customary in this type of circumstance, pending the outcome of these investigations and any findings, the teacher who proctored these tests has been placed on administrative leave.

“We want to assure parents that all West Elementary students continue to follow lesson plans and continue their coursework. As we continue to work with DESE on this issue, we will communicate with the West El community.”

Jacqueline Reis, media relations coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the department has been in contact with Andover.

“At this point we are aware of an allegation of an irregularity in Andover,” Reis said Wednesday afternoon. She did not define what was meant by “irregularity” due to fear of mischaracterizing it.

She said DESE is still learning about the details of the allegation, and did not provide anything further.

Kerry Costello, president of the teachers' union, said the union has not been very involved in the situation.

"Anytime there is an investigation at some time we are not directly involved," she said.

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