BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - State regulators flagged five Glen Oaks High School seniors for possibly plagiarizing on the American history portion of a LEAP exam. The teacher who oversaw the class has since been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
A spokesman for the school system says only one of the students will be able to graduate with the class of 2019 at the school’s ceremony Wednesday, May 22. That’s because the student possibly passed the Biology portion of the test which is administered during the sophomore year. Students can pass either the Biology or History portion of the test to graduate. They don’t need to pass both. It’s unclear what if any actions can be taken against the graduating students if they are found to have plagiarized.
Per school policy, the other four students will be afforded an opportunity to graduate after they attend summer school and successfully retake the history portion of the test.
The five students were interviewed about the allegations Thursday, May 16. The teacher was interviewed Friday, May 17. From information obtained in those interviews, officials are investigating to determine what role the teacher may have had in helping the students cheat.
On Thursday, May 16, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System released the following statement about the issue:
“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Education, is investigating a testing irregularity involving five Glen Oaks students. This was an isolated incident and all allegations will be fully investigated in accordance with state and local testing policies.”