Nine schools in the DeKalb County school system have been flagged for testing irregularities. None of them appear to involve schools located in the northern part of the county, according to district officials.

The DeKalb school system released Feb. 3 a list of schools that were affected by twenty nine employees who are suspected in irregularities of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which is administered to elementary and middle school students.

Administrators and teachers have been reassigned after the results of the internal investigation.

The schools affected by the personnel changes are: Cedar Grove Elementary School, Stoneview Elementary School, Tucker Middle School, Medlock Elementary School, Woodridge Elementary School, Glen Haven Elementary School, Woodward Elementary School, Rainbow Elementary School, Shadow Rock Elementary School, Avondale Elementary School, Oak View Elementary School, Salem Middle School and Cedar Grove Middle School.

The employees at the various schools have been referred to a testing standards commission after an internal investigation uncovered irregularities on the testing.

Twenty four of the system employees – which includes principals, assistant principals and teachers – have been reassigned to jobs outside of the school, pending review of their teaching certificates from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, according to a DeKalb schools press release.

An employee without a teaching credential will also be removed from current duties.

The investigation surrounded the administration of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which is required to be taken by primary-school students.

The internal investigation was initiated to address the results of an analysis conducted by the state regarding erasures on test sheets. The analysis showed that an unusually high number of wrong answers were changed to correct answers.

“We have made all of our decisions in responding to these irregularities based on what’s best for the students,” said Tom Bowen, board chairman.

The school system’s investigation is ongoing. No information has been released about which schools in the county were affected by testing problems.

For students who were affected, individual learning support plans are being put in place to assist them with testing.

– Jason Massad