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La Jara school under scrutiny

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013

LA JARA — Anonymous sources reported the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) supported an internal investigation of La Jara Elementary School regarding alleged cheating on 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests.

Although CDE did not confirm or deny the investigation on Monday, anonymous sources said elementary administration allegedly discovered a photocopy of a 2011 test, which was later allegedly turned into North Conejos School District Superintendent Kevin Schott. Photocopying TCAP tests is strictly forbidden because teachers could use the information to prep students with actual test questions.

In addition, La Jara Elementary teachers allegedly had access to the 2013 TCAP tests for the entire five-week testing window and allegedly granted students extra testing time. According to testing rules, teachers should only have access to the tests on the actual testing day and only special education students have the option to test for a longer period.

Schott was contacted on Monday, but did not respond to the Valley Courier before press time.

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