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Another Blow to the Strategy of High Stakes Testing in Public Schools: Las Vegas School Busted Changing Test Scores - Test Scores Had Skyrocketed

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At least one adult altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next, an investigation by the Nevada Department of Education concluded.

The department issued a statement Wednesday saying the 2011-2012 test scores at Kelly Elementary School will be invalidated, and letters of admonition concerning the principal and assistant principal will be forwarded to the Clark County Board of Education for possible disciplinary action.

“I have no doubt that a testing irregularity occurred at this school, and that student answer sheets were altered by one or more adults in the system,” said state Superintendent Dale Erquiaga. “Testing security procedures were also breached. However, the investigation has not yielded the identity of the individual or group of individuals who changed the answers in 2012.”

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