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I-Team: CCSD plans to 'beef up' ways to prevent more cheating

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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District admitted it's time to "beef up" ways to prevent school staff from making up test scores. That comes after a state report criticized the school district for not catching a cheating scandal at Matt Kelly Elementary School

Every school has to file paperwork called a "test security plan," which details where test answers are kept and who has access to them. The state said Kelly Elementary filed that paperwork, but lied about storing the tests in a cabinet that was not even at the school. 

The district said it just received the report, adding it's too early to come up with specific policy changes. However, a school spokesperson told the I-Team the school board plans to vote in August on "beefing up" test security procedures.

"Children did not change those answers, children were not coached to change those answers as was initially alleged. Rather, that sometime after the tests were administered the adults made those changes," said State Superintendent Dale Erquiaga.

The state said they have analyzed fingerprints and eraser marks on tests for the first time. But, according to them, the evidence collected isn't good enough to pinpoint exactly which employees cheated on the exams.

Matt Kelly Elementary's Principal and Assistant Principal remain on paid leave, as well as Associate Superintendent Andre Denson.

The state report claims Denson did a poor job of investigating the initial cheating claims. The school district would also be the ones to decide if the three employees will face any discipline for their alleged role in the cheating scandal.
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