Kentucky invalidates Floyd County school's 2017 K-Prep test scores due to "cheating"

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Kentucky education officials say standardized test scores are being invalidated at an elementary school in Eastern Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the decision comes after the Kentucky Department of Education launched an investigation of 2017 K-Prep test scores at Betsy Layne Elementary School in Floyd County.

"As I got the results you could notice there was a distinct difference," said Floyd County Superintendent Danny Adkins Jr.

Results of the investigation released Monday said there was evidence that staff "deliberately altered student exams and provided inappropriate assistance" to improve scores.

"We are moving forward with ensuring everyone is following protocol, policies, and procedures of state testing," explained Adkins.

The report says three administrators and a teacher would be reported to Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board, which oversees educators' state licenses.

"Things are going to be done the right way from now on."

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said he would characterize what the investigation found as "cheating."

Adkins says he was reviewing the report and meeting with the school district's attorney to determine how to best address the problems.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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