By Brian Park
The Capistrano Unified School District released a statement Tuesday publicly exonerating Oxford Preparatory Academy of allegations that teachers at the charter school helped students cheat on state standardized tests.
“An investigation did not support allegations of testing irregularities at the school,” Superintendent Joseph Farley said in the statement. “The students, teachers and parents at OPA have been, and deserve to be, congratulated for their successes on the California STAR tests.”
In its inaugural year, Oxford Prep, the south Orange County branch of the Chino-based charter school, achieved a 993 out of 1,000 API score—the highest mark in the district and the second highest in the county.
Allegations against the school first arose just prior to the election season. Both the district and the school conducted their own investigations and found no credibility to the allegations.
The next regular meeting of the CUSD Board of Trustees will take place Monday, January 7, at 7 p.m.
To view the API scores, visit dq.cde.gov/dataquest.