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School Employees Suspended In Wake Of New Jersey Cheating Scandal

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ (CBS) – CBS New York is reporting that numerous school officials and teachers have been suspended from a northern New Jersey school district after state investigators said they helped or encouraged students to cheat on standardized.

Two elementary school principals and three teachers in Woodbridge, NJ have been suspended with pay after the incident, which involved tests from 2010 and 2011.

State Department of Education spokesperson Barbara Morgan told a WCBS 880 reporter that the tests are not for “bragging rights,” but rather to estimate progress and determine how well teachers are reaching students and where there needs to be more help.

“If that information is not accurate, we cannot rely on that to be able to do our jobs correctly and at the highest level that we need to,” Morgan told WCBS. “We also need to identify the trends of where we need additional assistance, whether at the school level or at the state level in terms of where we can invest resources and where we might need to make changes,” she told Putney.

In addition to the scandal in Woodbridge, state officials said that they will detail more cheating found at two dozen schools in between 2008 and 2011 during the next few weeks.

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