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Irregularities found in Barrington NECAP tests

March 9, 2011

A Barrington elementary school principal has resigned following an investigation of rule violations during NECAP testing.

A spokesman for the Department of Education says Nayatt Elementary School Principal Chris Kennedy broke the rules this past October when he allowed some students to erase stray marks in testing booklets. In one instance a student was called back to fill in answers that had been left blank.

Barrington schools consistently have some of the highest NECAP scores in the state, and district officials maintain that the problem was not widespread. State officials say it did not affect overall testing results for the district.

Barrington Superintendent Robert McIntyre tells EastBayRI.com that he did not ask the principal involved in the incident to resign.

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