Alyssa Palma, a Bronx, New York teacher who provided the questions of a history exam hours before the test, has quit her job.
According to a report from The Special Commissioner of Investigation, Palma released the questions to an exam to a student, who then posted the information on her Facebook page.
Palma was a teacher at the Bronx Envision Academy at the time of the incident.
The student who was provided the questions later posted the information on Facebook, urging friends to share it. However, two students who spotted the posting alerted another teacher.
“THEMATIC ESSSAY ON U.S. HISTORY REFORM MOVEMENTS FROM 1820s-1993!! DBQ ESSAY ON US HISTORY: SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, KOREAN WAR, PERSIAN GULF WAR!! SHAREEEEEE,” the Facebook post said.
via NY Post:
Palma was slated to later score the test but was pulled from duty after state education officials were alerted to a Facebook posting that revealed testing topics the morning of the exam. A pair of unsettled students told another test proctor about the suspect posting before they took the exam, according to the SCI report.
The instructor initially dismissed the information as bogus — but later noticed that the Facebook post was on the mark. When the posting student arrived to take the test, administrators confronted her about the apparent leak.
She initially said she was given the questions by her brother before switching her tale and claiming she overheard them from students on a school bus, according to the SCI report.
Palma resigned shortly after the incident and was not interviewed by investigators as they could not locate her.
Michael Aciman, a Department of Education spokesman, said of the incident: ‘Ensuring academic integrity at our schools is critical, and this incident was reported and investigated.’
Aciman confirmed Palma no longer worked for the department.