Delano school punished over bad test prep

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) One Kern County high school was stripped of its scores on the state's Academic Performance Index over alleged inappropriate test preparation.

A teacher at Cesar E. Chavez High School "used test preparation material for the end of course Chemistry CST exam which contained some questions that were similar to the 2012-13 Chemistry CST exam," according to a STAR Program irregularity report filed in May.

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Delano Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent James Hay told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that the school caught the issue and self-reported to the testing agency, which then reported it to the State Board of Education.

The school didn't submit the chemistry tests after catching the mistake, Hay said.

About 170 sophomores and juniors were involved. Hay said the teacher was disciplined but remains in the classroom.

The Los Angeles Times, which first reported Monday the claims of cheating at 27 California schools, said schools are harmed by losing their academic ratings because they can fail to hit performance targets and ultimately face sanctions and loss of funding.