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Report: Test security lax at Kelly Elementary

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District has released its extensive report into allegations of cheating at Matt Kelly Elementary School.

According to the 102-page report, the district agrees with Nevada Department of Education's investigation, which said that adults changed answers on the Criterion-Referenced Test or CRT but there no way to determine who did it.

The district says it cannot prove or disprove who is responsible, but it can say that the school did not have proper security for the tests.

"Because of the investigation we can't prove anything happen or disprove it either that's the challenging part." Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said.

The department invalidated the CRT test scores for the school in the 2011 and 2012 school year because of the answer sheets were tampered with.

In the report, the district says so many people had access to the closet where the tests and answer sheets were located that the scores cannot be used.

The district also admits it should have been more aggressive in its investigation of the spike in test scores at Kelly Elementary.

CCSD also outlined to the state its plans to improve test security, including yearly training for principals and revising testing procedures.

A new acting principal and assistant principal are in place at Kelly Elementary School. The tests for the 2013 and 2014 academic years were administered by district employees not school employees.

Community leader Gene Collins knows many students who attend Kelly Elementary. He is upset the school is getting a bad reputation because CCSD cannot pinpoint the people to blame and the kids are the ones who are hurt.

"It is a smear on the character of the community," Collins said, "You should not malign and destroy someone's good name when you don't have proof."

The former principal was found to have a lax approach to test security. She is on leave, but the Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky doesn't believe she should be suspended or lose her license.

He also thinks the former assistant principal should avoid suspension and not lose his license. The assistant principal has been re-assigned.

The school district must also make improvements to student performance at the school because the spike in test scores was not a legitimate improvement in student work.

"We not only have to make sure this school is better but any other one or two-star schools that need additional support to ensure best practices in place to see academic growth," Skorkowsky said.

A new permanent principal is expected to be hired next fall.


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