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Probe detects cheating on standardized test at Kelly

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Updated: 4/16/2014 4:18 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An investigation by the Nevada Department of Education has determined standardized test answer sheets at a Las Vegas elementary school were altered by adults and led to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next.

The department issued a statement Wednesday saying the 2011-12 test scores at Kelly Elementary School will be invalidated, and the findings will be forwarded to the Clark County School Board for possible disciplinary action.

Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky released this statement today: "When CCSD officials first received test results from the 2012 standardized tests at Matt Kelly Elementary School, we immediately notified the Nevada Department of Education in writing and asked for a validation of the school's scores. I'm grateful that Superintendent Dale Erquiaga took action to investigate the concern when he took office last fall.

"It is important that our community have faith in the validity of our standardized testing. We use our standardized testing results to monitor student achievement growth and assess the success of instruction in our schools.The Nevada Department of Education has conducted a full investigation and has concluded that irregularities occurred. Once I have had a chance to review the department's full report and recommendations, I will take appropriate action so our students, parents and community can move forward."

The Nevada Attorney General's office and the department started investigating after the school submitted scores showing eyebrow-raising improvement.

State data show that from 2008 to 2011, the number of Kelly Elementary fifth-graders considered proficient in reading never reached 25 percent. But that figure leaped to nearly 78 percent for the 2011-12 school year, and hovered at 72 percent in 2012-13.

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