Clarkston School Dist. Superintendent says the district stands behind Fry

CLARKSTON, WA - A Clarkston School District employee remains under investigation for allegedly manipulating student performance data at his former job in El Paso, Texas.

Jim Fry was the principal for Canutillo High School in Texas from 2008 to 2012. The Texas Education Agency found that school administrators including Fry, helped minimize the number of limited English proficient and special education students in the tenth grade, so the overall 10th grade assessment levels scored higher.

"If a teacher is found to have violated various policies and ethical requirements, their teaching certificates could be sanctioned," said Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliff. "And that could be everything from a letter that says don't do this again up to revocation of their teaching certificate."

The Texas Education Agency said by manipulating the numbers for students who generally score lower than other tenth graders, the school could avoid sanctions like tutoring failing students or transferring students to other area schools. Clarkston School District Superintendent Darcy Weisner said in a statement released earlier today that the district stands behind Fry who's worked for the district as the Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment since July of 2012.