CAMP VERDE - While area schools are waiting for official notification of their latest state testing results, one charter school has had to face serious cheating allegations.
Parents of children at Chester Newton/Sunnyside Charter and Montessori School contacted the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) with concerns over the way the AIMS test was administered. During an investigation by the ADE and the State Board for Charter Schools on April 19, all of the tests were confiscated.
On April 26, school Director Betty Chester received a letter from ADE with its conclusions about irregularities in the testing procedures and inappropriate assistance. Most of the tests in grades 3 through 8 were invalidated...
In her letter to students, Chester stated the ADE had concluded that [Principal Shirley] Sullivan "established a climate where cheating on the AIMS test, either between students or by adults offering inappropriate assistance to students, was both acceptable and expected. This occurred notwithstanding the fact Ms. Sullivan attended ADE training for test administrators."...
[Andrew LeFevre, director of Public Relations for the Department of Education] said it is rare to see an entire school come under investigation...
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“AIMS tests invalidated at Camp Verde charter school; State investigated 'inappropriate' procedures in April.” The Bugle (AZ), 5/7/2011