Peekskill School District Fines Teacher $62K For Changing Test Answers

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The Peekskill School district has fined Allison Risoli more than $62,000 for altering answers on a regents exam.
The Peekskill School district has fined Allison Risoli more than $62,000 for altering answers on a regents exam. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill School District has fined a teacher more than $62,000 on Friday for altering test answers on a social studies regents exam, according to LoHud.com.

Allison Risoli was found guilty on four counts by a hearing officer including two counts of changing the Regents exam grades of two students. Risoli was fined $62,293.50, or half of her annual salary, LoHud.com reported. 

Risoli had been placed on administrative leave, but can now return to the classroom, LoHud.com said. 

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Without knowing all the information-and we will NEVER know all the facts-we cannot make any judgements. If, for example, the grade was changes by one or two points to allow a struggling student to pass, and graduate, within NYS insane regents system-than I say, good for the person(s) who helped a student. Our system does not work.

If you give points to the struggling student everyone will want points for differing reasons. Doing this is no different then a student cheating off another student who knows the material better to get a better grade. Where do you draw the line? Why differentiate the struggling student from any other student? While our system may not work this is not the way to address it.

Without knowing all the information-and we will NEVER know all the facts-we cannot make any judgements. If, for example, the grade was changes by one or two points to allow a struggling student to pass, and graduate, within NYS insane regents system-than I say, good for the person(s) who helped a student. Our system does not work.

How can the school district allow her to continue teaching when she can't even uphold what I would consider ethical behavior of a teacher. Changing test scores is tantamount to allowing cheating in the classroom.

Totally agree. Thought this too!