ISBE Reveals Findings of Investigation of Charter Oak Primary School

Published 05/15 2014 05:42PM

Updated 05/15 2014 08:21PM

Peoria -The State Board of Education is releasing its findings into testing irregularities at Peoria's Charter Oak Primary School.

But the investigation isn't over.

The Illinois State Board of Education sent a letter to District 150, saying the ISBE found no evidence of Charter Oak manipulating or tampering with special education students' answers, but it did report test results were inconsistent over several years.

Now, the ISBE is turning information over to the state's educator licensure division. It will determine if any of the educators involved will lose their license.

District 150 first reported irregularities in the test scores of charter oak special
Education students last December. District 150 did an internal investigation of possible manipulations between 2008 and 2009, and into this past school year.

Then, they sent it to the state board of education. Former charter oak Principal, John Wetteraur- was re-assigned in January. He resigned last month.

His lawyer is talking to us tonight, saying Wetterauer does not plan to pursue employment at the school following the findings.

District 150 Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan made a written response to the findings. She says "we are pleased the state's review is complete and that no additional discrepancies were found at charter oak or within our district. Peoria Public Schools will continue to follow the testing and administration policies provided by the State of Illinois, which includes self-reporting of irregularities when they are discovered."

In a written statement Change150, the group that is advocating for Charter Oak and change in the District said  "Change150 is not surprised that the former principal, students and teachers at charter oak primary school have been cleared of ISAT cheating…
The results of the Charter Oak investigation spotlight the lengths the district 150 school board, under superintendent Grenita Lathan, will go to in furthering her personal agenda."

 ISBE tells us there's no specific timeline for the licensure division decision.

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