Tillsonburg principal suspended over tests

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A Southwestern Ontario school principal has been suspended for up to six months for mishandling three years of provincial tests.

Ronald James Curridor, principal at Tillsonburg’s Monsignor J.H. O’Neil Catholic school, was reprimanded by a discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers that oversees the profession in the province.

The six-month suspension began after Curridor’s discipline hearing.

If he completes a course on professional ethics, his suspension can be cut to three months.

“As a school leader, (Curridor) was given the responsibility for the ethical administration of the (provincial standardized test) in his school. He failed to do this and consciously undermined their integrity,” the discipline panel wrote.

Ontario’s Education Quality Assurance Office (EQAO) administers standardized tests in schools. It took the rare step of throwing out the results of three years of tests, from 2007-10, after an investigation begun in 2011.

It was the first time an Ontario school had three years of results wiped from the EQAO record since standardized testing began in the 1990s.

Curridor pleaded guilty to professional misconduct at the discipline hearing in May.

According to the college, Curridor opened test packages and booklets to show teachers the night before the test — which is against the rules.

He erased one pupil’s multiple choice answers and wrote in different ones, and pupils got unapproved test help.

Curridor is on a leave from his job, a board official said.