Madison Elementary School was caught up in a test cheating case earlier this year.


The former principal of a Davenport elementary school where test scores were altered faces three administrative charges in connection with the incident, according to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, which set a hearing on the matter for January.

Sara Gott, who was the principal at Madison Elementary School, has been accused of two counts of misrepresenting or falsifying information as well as an unethical practice that could expose students or other practitioners to embarrassment, according to a notice of hearing that was signed on Oct. 30.

A hearing has been set for Jan. 2 and 3 in Des Moines.

The Davenport Community School District said earlier this year that tests at Madison Elementary had been altered. Gott was the principal at the time. She was later reassigned to another elementary school.

The statement of charges also says Gott provided false information to an investigator at the Board of Educational Examiners, as well as "misleading information related to her continued discussions about the investigation with others, and attempted to implicate other practitioners in participation in altering student answer sheets."

Darcy Lane, a lawyer and investigator for the board, said she could not provide any other details.

Gott previously has denied wrongdoing, but she could not be reached for comment Monday.

Cathy Cartee, one of her attorneys, called the charges "completely unfounded" and criticized the school district's investigation.

"The school district, based on their failure to investigate properly, including letting administrators take the answer sheets in question home, never did find out who perpetrated the changing of the answers," she said Monday.

She said Gott mentioned others only when the district's investigators asked her about others. She added Gott has passed a polygraph test.

Dawn Saul, a spokeswoman for the Davenport School District, declined to comment on the Board of Educational Examiners charges.

The board's procedure is for an administrative law judge to hear the matter and then forward an opinion to the Board of Educational Examiners, Lane said. The board could dismiss the case, give her a reprimand, suspend her or revoke her license.