State Education Department investigating Creekside Elementary in Hartland for MEAP test tampering

Tip alerted authoriities to potential problems

(WXYZ) - Action News has learned that the Michigan Department of Education is investigating Creekside Elementary School in the Hartland Consolidated School District. According to a spokesperson, someone tipped the state that there were  irregularities in the handling of the standardized MEAP test. The MEAP tests are supposed to be given next week.

Investigators from the state were at the school both yesterday and today. According to Martin Ackley, a spokesperson for the MDE, "There are established protocols that must be followed by any school that gives the MEAP. If any of the protocols are breached or mishandled, that compromises the MEAP, then we have to go in and respond."

The Superintendent of the Hartland Consolidated School District confirms the investigation. Supt. Janet Sifferman released a statement saying in part, "The District is awaiting the outcome of their investigation. No additional statement will be given until this outcome is received."

Parents leaving Creekside were surprised to hear of any problems. Kelley Fellows telling Action News "We love this school, we've had the best seven years at this school."

The Department of Education will review the investigator's findings and decide if students should be given an alternate test.

The principal at the school has been involved in controversy before. Tracey Sahouri was ticketed earlier this year for giving a party where teens reportedly drank alcohol. That case is still in the court system. If convicted , she faces a $1000 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

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