Correspondence between Waterbury school administrators shows they were suspicious about an unexplained jump in Hopeville Elementary School's annual student test scores even before a formal investigation was launched, according to a news report.
The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that the district's superintendent, chief operating officer and a testing supervisor exchanged several emails about their concerns when they received the Connecticut Mastery Test results this summer.
E-mails the newspaper reviewed state the chief operating officer's assessment was: "This is trouble."
The state Department of Education is investigating whether teachers or others at the school changed many students' wrong answers, which had been erased and corrected. Seventeen teachers and other employees from Hopeville are on leave during the investigation.
No similar cases have been reported elsewhere in the state.