Florida standardized tests like the FSA or EOC are proctored by school staff including teachers. More often than most think, school districts or Florida Department of Education (DOE) find test administration problems. What should a teacher do if they were accused of inappropriate test administration? Read on for tips from an attorney for teachers and school employees.
I have helped teachers with a wide range of issues. Some particular test administration problems include:
The first indication of an issue usually happens when the test administrator receives a certified letter from the Florida Department of Education. This letter is typically called a letter of investigation.
I always recommend that teachers or school staff not directly respond to the letter of investigation. If documents, a statement, or other information is sent by the person accused, it can be considered admissions.
When you first find out about the charges, keep quiet. Do not jump into defense mode. You want to get all the information before you say anything in your defense. If you make a statement before getting the full picture, you could say something or give documents that makes your situation worse.
An attorney is necessary for district and DOE investigations. Remember when I said that any statements or submissions given by a teacher or staff member is considered an admission? Well if it is sent by an attorney, they are not. Therefore, if more information comes out during an investigation, the defense can change. Additionally, an experience attorney for DOE issues knows the process and procedures to guide you through with the best chance of success.
Yes. I work with school employees all over the state from Tallahassee to Key West and everywhere in between. I have experience working with all school districts and the department of education to successfully defend teachers and school staff facing discipline against their certificate.
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Richard Asselta is an award-winning teacher and school administrator defense attorney. He defends school staff against accusations of misconduct and discipline at both the school, district, and state level. Call today for a free consultation and find out how we will fight to protect your certificate. (855) 338-5299
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