PEORIA – District 150 released the letter it received from the State Board of Education regarding Charter Oak test scores. In it, the board said it found no evidence the scores were “manipulated or tampered with in any way,” but the investigation is not over yet.
District 150 first reported irregularities in the test scores of Charter Oak special education students last December.
The district did an internal investigation before turning it over to ISBE.
ISBE said it’s sending the report on to agency staff in the Educator Licensure Division, in order to determine if any of the educators involved will lose their licenses.
Former Charter Oak principal John Wetterauer was removed from the school last December, before he officially resigned last month. Four teachers were allegedly involved as well. Two were transferred to other district schools, and two were disciplined.
Comment from Dr. Grenita Lathan on the ISBE's report:
“We are pleased the State’s review is complete and that no additional discrepancies were found at Charter Oak or within our District. The investigation proceeded just as outlined in the Illinois State Board of Education’s testing protocol. Our report to the State indicated several concerns surrounding test administration. In its letter, ISBE also “recognizes that the results of administrations over several years have yielded highly discrepant results for a select group of students identified by the District.” Our Board of Education took the necessary measures to address those concerns. We believe ISBE took the investigation one step further for one of the four years we reported, by looking for erasure marks on archived student testing documents. While that was never part of our District’s original report, we are relieved that those results were inconclusive. 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.”