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  • District's MAP testing protocol changes

  • After what many would refer to as 'the great MAP Test debacle of 2013,' the Camdenton R-III School District has made changes to how the district handles the test internally.
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  • After what many would refer to as 'the great MAP Test debacle of 2013,' the Camdenton R-III School District has made changes to how the district handles the test internally.
    The Missouri Assessment Program tests are administered each spring.
    "Our district test coordinator will collect all building testing schedules and review them and check and make sure they are in compliance to the state schedule," Superintendent Tim Hadfield said. "Just to make sure at the next level that it is verified that they are following proper protocol."
    In years past, it was up to each building coordinator to make sure their schedule was appropriate.
    Alleged scheduling violations with the 2013 MAP testing led to the resignation of a Camdenton Middle School teacher and the eventual resignation of principal Sean Kirksey.
    At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, Kirksey was put on administrative leave.
    He faced three allegations against him all pertaining to MAP testing including splitting a portion of the communication arts test into two days that was meant to be tested in one sitting, allowing untrained proctors to administer and be with students in a testing room and not showing leadership in his role as a principal by violating DESE and board policies.
    After public outcry and at Kirksey's request, his personnel hearing was open to the public. It began at 9 a.m. Aug. 28. The public portion of the hearing closed at 12:30 a.m. with school board members deliberating until 4 a.m. Aug. 29.
    The school board announced its decision to accept Kirksey's resignation on Aug. 30.
    In consideration of his resignation and a full release of any claims, the board agreed to honor the balance of his 2013-14 contract.
    Shortly after the school announced the acceptance of Kirksey's resignation, he accepted a position as interim high school principal for Crocker High School.

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