Teachers also could have their teaching certificates flagged. Chris Tritico, an attorney for three other Jefferson teachers facing firing, said he was "absolutely unconvinced that anything wrong happened … other than a whole bunch of teachers working very diligently to improve. A test-cheating scandal in the Houston school district intensified Wednesday as Superintendent Terry Grier recommended firing five teachers in addition to the three approved for termination last month. Jefferson and Atherton have been under suspicion since November, when the district reassigned 20 teachers to off-campus duties while it investigated possible cheating. The teachers from Jefferson and Atherton have denied wrongdoing through their attorneys. The school board is expected to vote Thursday whether to decline to renew the contracts of the five Jefferson teachers. The Houston Chronicle has reported that percent of English-speaking third-graders at Jefferson passed state exams in reading and math in , ranking the northside school far ahead of others in the district. Investigators also found that teachers helped fifth-graders on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam.
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