Anderson County Board of Education Fires Two Teachers Over Test Score Manipulation

Information for this story was gathered from a WBIR news report and notes and charges for dismissal by the Anderson County Board of Education – Both are at the bottom of this article

Clinton High School Campus (Facebook)

At a board meeting on Monday night, the Anderson County Board of Education voted unanimously to fire two teachers, Rachel Jones and Clay Turpin, for unprofessional conduct, insubordination, and neglect of duty. This decision follows an investigation into irregularities with the credit recovery program at Clinton High School.

Dan Jenkins (LinkedIn)

Former Clinton High School Principal Dan Jenkins, who resigned last month, was implicated in the investigation. A “charges of dismissal” document revealed that Jones, under Jenkins’ direction, altered grades during the 2022-23 school year. Turpin became involved in the 2023-24 school year after Jones refused to continue the practice.

Jones admitted to investigators that Jenkins had directed her to change grades to improve the school’s graduation rate. During the 2022-23 school year, Clinton High School was recognized as a reward school by the state of Tennessee for its high performance.

The scheme began when Jenkins asked Jones to transfer a student to a virtual program. According to the dismissal document, the student miraculously completed five courses in just eight days. Jenkins allegedly instructed Jones to manipulate the student’s grades, skip questions, skip assignments, and do whatever was necessary to ensure the student passed.

When administrators questioned how several students were completing courses so quickly, Turpin explained that students were using a “test-only” mode to rush through virtual courses. He suspected students were finding answers to quizzes and tests online since they did not receive any instruction. One student’s data showed he completed an entire Geometry course in just 1 hour, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds. Turpin denied tampering with the student’s coursework.

Further investigation by Anderson County Schools found students enrolled in credit recovery classes who were not listed for required end-of-course testing. District leaders also discovered students on track to graduate without the necessary coursework.

The charges of dismissal document also mentioned that Coach Darrell Keith, head coach of Clinton High School’s football team, requested grade changes for a student, which Jenkins approved. Although Jones initially refused, Keith returned with a transcript bearing Jenkins’ signature. After confirming with Jenkins, Jones complied with the request.

Despite these findings, Keith remains the head football coach at Clinton High School. Jones and Turpin cooperated with the district’s investigation, while Jenkins submitted his resignation on a sheet of notebook paper.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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