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CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- Dozens of Cosby High School students thought they were home free these last few days of school. They celebrated when they put their SOL tests behind them, now they’ve learned they have to retake the test.

Levi Bowles and his friend Gage Langlais are among the World History I students forced to retake the SOL.

The state Department of Education tells CBS 6 News it’s because a teacher is accused by the students of helping other students with answers.

“If it’s true I don’t think it’s right for a teacher to give answers. We’ve been working all year to be able to do this,” Bowles explained.

Chesterfield school leaders tell us the tests in question were given by the teacher back on May 22 and May 23.  When they were alerted to possible testing irregularities, the school system contacted the state Department of Education.

CBS 6 News has learned that more than 120  Cosby students are impacted by this and will have to retake the test. Officials with the state Department of Education tell us it’s now up to the Chesterfield School system to determine what, if any disciplinary action will be taken.

Chesterfield school officials won’t comment on if the teacher  is still employed. Students tell us after their parents received a phone call Tuesday that they were to be retested, they did see the teacher at school the next day.

Friday during a remediation session, students say that a different teacher conducted the review with them.

CBS 6 News checked into what the Code of Virginia says about teachers who violate the law by providing information on secured tests like the SOL. It reads, if a teacher is proven to have helped, his or her license could be revoked or suspended.

If found guilty of this violation, it’s a class 4 misdemeanor.

“I honestly don't think the teacher helped anyone. I don't even know if the story I heard from others is one hundred percent true” Langlais said. The students are scheduled to take the SOL retest Monday June 9.


  • Ron Melancon

    It’s all about bonus money ! Teachers are under constant pressure to teach to a test and this is what we get. This teacher needs to be fired because she did a poor job during the year so instead of really teach she figured she would help her students on these test to keep her job. We have become a nation that teaches to a test instead of teaching a student . That is the truth we have stupid lawmakers that think everybody is the same snd instead of having people excell every student has to suffer and lower the best students because we need to be sorry for the ones who can’t or are not willing to put the study time in

    • Anonymous

      Were you, sir, a student in the class and can you vouge for your own child saying that this teacher doesn’t “really teach?” I am eighteen years old and a previous Cosby High school student. I understand the concept of teaching for a test versus teaching to teach. I absolutely hated the SOLs and thought they were a waste of time. Will this opinion change anything? Probably not. Will your opinion on this teacher change anything? Probably not. So it looks like we’ve both wasted a good bit of time writing paragraphs that symbolize our extensive knowledge on the subject. But we have little personal knowledge on the subject. So let this woman be dealt with gracefully because she is a better woman and teacher then you will ever know.

  • Ron Melancon

    My son Zachary tried in his math class to help a few students do better in math … He got frustrated because they wanted to play mind craft instead . Yes people students really have found a way to by pass school security and play games on school issued lap tops

  • Parent of a Cosby student

    My daughter has this teacher and she is a good teacher. My daughter has to retake the test, but says no one in her class received any help. She did quite well on the test.

    • Another Parent of a Cosby Student

      My son has this teacher and she is a good teacher and he is very concerned about her. My son has to retake the test, but says no one in her class received any help. He did quite well on the test. It is my understaning that a student who didn’t do so well on the test raised this issue of this alleged help from the teacher.

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