High school in Delano teacher in trouble for questionable preparation test material
Including test questions from previous STAR tests
Last Updated: 77 days ago
DELANO, Calif. - A high school in Delano has lost its rating on the academic performance index (API) after state officials said a teacher was caught with banned material.
According to the state Department of Education, the teacher at Cesar Chavez High School used questionable text preparation material, including chemistry questions "skimmed" from the 2012 STAR test.
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James Hay, Assistant Superintendent of the Delano Joint Union High School District, said that the violation of rules was self-reported in the interest of integrity.
Hay said the teacher saw the 2012 test, remembered questions, and prepared materials from those recollections, which is a violation.
Students took the test after using these preparation materials. These tests were not scored by the school, so the percentage of scored tests was not high enough to qualify for an API, Hay said.
"We did not score them, not because they were corrupted, but because we wanted to make it impossible for this test preparation document to impact the scores," Hay said.
The teacher is on administrative leave.
"The students' test scores were not affected by what the teacher did," Hay said. "It was important to show that students have earned every score and every honor."
Twenty-six other schools across the state also lost their rating due to similar violations.
The Academic Performance Rating rates schools on their performance and growth.
Cesar Chavez High School will not have an API, because 95% of students must participate in standardized testing. The school will be ineligible for state and federal rewards for school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
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