Clarksdale principal becomes third accused in state test cheating scandal

A third educator in the Clarksdale (Miss.) school district has been accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on state testing.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Education issued an administrative complaint against Lowanda Tyler-Jones, principal at Heidelberg Elementary School, for “violating state law by knowingly and willingly cheating on state assessments.”

“Our investigation has yielded evidence that Ms. Tyler-Jones directed and encouraged cheating during the 2012-13 school year,” said state superintendent Dr. Carey Wright. “As I have said before, we remain committed to pursuing the appropriate disciplinary action against those who were involved in the testing irregularities.”