Biddeford teacher accused of leaking test questions

Posted Oct. 03, 2009, at 12:42 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — The Biddeford teacher said to have leaked test questions from the Maine Educational Assessment has not been suspended from her job as school officials had indicated.

Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey says Barbara Fortier is taking an unpaid leave of absence to attend graduate school.

The Maine Department of Education began investigating Biddeford’s eighth-grade MEA science scores over the summer. Some of those scores were invalidated.

Fortier’s lawyer, Howard Reben, says Fortier devised games and graphics for her eighth grade science classes that enabled students to go over science concepts before the test.

The Portland Press Herald says Fortier served on a panel that reviewed MEA science questions before the tests were given in March.