Farley Finally Validates Oxford’s Amazing Test Score

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on December 19, 2012

CUSD Superintendent Farley has finally confirmed that Oxford Preparatory Academy was cleared of an allegation it cheated in administering last year’s California  Standardized Tests. The Mission Viejo K-8 charter school scored 993 of a possible 1000 points in the API results.

The result of CUSD’s investigation was leaked last month, but the Dispatch questioned why neither a press release nor CUSD website article was issued to resolve the accusation. Two weeks ago a CUSD spokesman replied to the Dispatch that the investigation report was confidential, but stated it vindicated Oxford. An earlier internal investigation by Oxford came to the same conclusion.

Farley released the following statement Tuesday:

“Capistrano  Unified  School  District is pleased to announce the Academic Performance Index of 993 earned by the students at Oxford Preparatory Academy (OPA) charter school has been validated. An investigation did not support allegations of testing irregularities at the school. The students, teachers, and parents at OPA have been, and deserve to be, congratulated for their success on the California STAR tests.

“The conclusion of this investigation is welcome news. As the authorizing entity for five charter schools, the District has the responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct. The investigator conducted a thorough analysis, interviewing 26 people and reviewing more than 30 documents.

“CUSD is a strong supporter of school choice for its students, having more charter schools than all but one school district in Orange County. (There are 13 charter schools in Orange County. Santa Ana Unified School District also has five.) District staff worked closely with the OPA founder to build a strong charter petition that would serve the students of this community. In addition, the Board of Trustees approved a charter revision which permitted OPA to enroll additional students and turned over an entire elementary school for its use.

“The District is committed to providing the best possible educational experience for its students. We have been, and will continue, working with OPA and its staff to ensure academic success for our students.”

State and federal laws direct school districts to encourage charter schools, but rank-and-file teachers’ organizations have viewed charters as a threat to the status quo.

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Laura Camilleri December 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thank you CUSD for allowing this school to exist. The students, parents and staff have worked extremely hard. The work load is rigorous but the school makes learning fun for the students. They deserved this score. It our desire that we can continue to make CUSD even more confident in their 7-0 vote. Lets put politics aside and students first. They are our biggest and best investment for a bright future.

The Laderman Family December 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

This is such wonderful news! The students, teachers and staff at OPA are very proud of their accomplishments and it is nice to finally have a positive response from CUSD. The academic success of these amazing children is our first priority, and it is nice to hear that CUSD is willing to put them first as well. Thank you to CUSD for allowing OPA to exist. We are looking forward to a cooperative relationship between us. Happy Holidays to all!

Tyra Whelan December 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Perhaps now that this is over we can all concentrate on what is important, the education of our children. Superintendent Farley and the school board can not possibly imagine the stress that these allegations put on OPA’s students, parents, staff, and teachers. Our scores are outstanding and should be celebrated! I sincerely hope that this will be the end of the witch hunt.

Madonna Marchese December 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

This marks the beginning of a new day! Thank you!

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