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Report coming soon on suspicious student test scores

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 12:07 p.m.

Matt Kelly Elementary School

CARSON CITY — An investigation into irregular test scores at a Clark County elementary school is near completion, and the results will be presented to the state Board of Education within a few weeks.

The investigation centers on allegations of inflated test scores for third-grade students at Matt Kelly Elementary School from 2010 to 2012.

Dale Erquiaga, state superintendent of public instruction, said it was the “most comprehensive investigation” ever by the Nevada Department of Education.

He said he brought the state Attorneys General’s Office into the investigation in October. The Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed the principal and six staff members.

The investigation should be completed within a week, and it will take two to three weeks to prepare the findings, Erquiaga said.

“This was not an easy one,” Erquiaga told the board.

The investigation started after Clark County School District officials noticed a large swing in reading and math scores.

Between the 2010-2011 and 2011-12 school years, the percentage of Kelly thirds-graders proficient in math jumped from 44.7 percent to 60.4 percent. Reading-proficiency scores rose from 44.7 percent to 87.8 percent.

Subsequent test scores were lower.

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