HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some parents are in disbelief Thursday, after the state said they are questioning test results at a Hartford elementary school.
The Department of Education announced they're opening an investigation into the Butances Early Reading Lab.
Some test scores alerted state educators. Now parents and students at the Dr. Ramon Betances Elementary school are on alert.
"I was surprised and a little worried," said Julian Maldonado, a student.
"That's crazy to me," said Lizzette Candelario, a parent.
That's because her 6-year-old daughter Mia loves books after a year at the Betances Early Reading Lab.
Her favorite teacher is...
"Dr. Sullivan," said Mia.
"I think they're great I mean she loves it. She loves her teacher," said Candelario. "She's only in kindergarten. She's going into first and the work they give is like Algebra."
That's why it came as a surprise that the department of education is looking into last year's Early Reading Lab Mastery test results. They said it was because of "potential irregularities detected" and Hartford Public Schools are cooperating.
They would not do an interview as it's under investigation.
Now, Candelario says she might do her own investigating.
"I will have questions when she starts in a couple of weeks as a parent to make sure we are more alert on the tests that they give," said Candelario.
And Maldonado says whenever he took a test here...
"I try to take it seriously and try to do my best," said Maldonado.
That's all you can ask of a kid.
News 8 did reach out to the district and they also refused an interview, but sent a statement saying:
"We take the concerns of testing irregularities very seriously. The Superintendent and Board Chair have requested and are totally committed to a full and swift investigation and to holding and responsible individuals accountable."
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