Dec 8, 2009 5:41 AM by Associated Press
An audit of testing at a Pueblo charter school has found that many students were given extra time to complete state standardized tests. However, auditors found no evidence that the extra time resulted in improved test scores at Cesar Chavez Academy. They also didn't find any evidence of answer sheet tampering or test coaching.
State education commissioner Dwight Jones commissioned the audit amid allegations of cheating on tests at the Cesar Chavez Network, which manages three charter schools in Pueblo and two in Colorado Springs.
The academy didn't dispute the findings and said the extra time accommodations were mandated by a prior administrators who have since left.
The audit found that 86.9 percent of the school's fifth graders got extra time in 2008 compared with 4.8 percent statewide.