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State Ed. Dept. investigating local teacher, state math tests

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A local third grade teacher is on paid administrative leave tonight, while the State Education Department investigates suspicious tests.

A high number of eraser marks and highlights are what a team of staff members first noticed on third grade state math tests at New Scotland Elementary School in Albany, which led them to notify the State Education Department.

"We review all of the exams as a standard part of our practice," says Ron Lesko, the Albany City School District's spokesperson.  "In doing that, our staff members noticed there were some abnormalities on tests in one third grade classroom."

Lesko says putting the teacher on paid administrative leave is protocol, but some parents are objecting.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous," says Violetta De Rosa.  "If you look at my kid's homework, there's lot of erase marks.  In fact, some of the strategies they teach in class are to highlight."

De Rosa says her daughter had the third grade teacher in question last year and says there's no need for the scrutiny.  Others agree with the process.

"We have to give everyone a fair shot," says parent Maureen Athens.  "Let the district investigate it."

"It is a concern if the allegations are actually true," adds parent Aaron Tucker.

Lesko says all of the students in the classroom were interviewed so no one would be singled out, even though only some of the tests were affected.

"Right now, we're waiting to hear back from State Ed," says Lesko.  "Then we'll respond accordingly when they give us their feedback on what they've found."

"I have a lot of nice words to say about her," says De Rosa.  "She cared about her students."

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