A former South Carolina teacher is charged for helping students cheat while testing. Retired Berkeley County teacher, Lou Ann Williamson, of Summerville was accused of using hand signals during the spring 2008 Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, also known as PACT, to help students pass the test.
The Post and Courier reports Williamson was charged earlier this month with violating test security laws as a result of a state law enforcement investigation. Williamson faces charges of up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail, if convicted. She could also have her teaching license revoked by the school board. Education officials say they will use the results of SLED’s investigation to determine whether the students’ test scores should be invalidated or upheld.
Williamson was taken to the Berkeley County Detention Center on September 2, but no details would be released by school officials on the case. She retired last year from the school district, but charged a year later.