ATLANTA (WAOK)- Words like “devastating” and “troubling” are being used to describe the results of an investigation into cheating on standardized tests in Georgia. The results of the investigation were released today by Governor Nathan Deal. You can read the entire 800 page report below.
Among the disturbing findings:
Cheating occurred in the majority of Atlanta Public Schools
Cheating may have occurred over a 10 year period
Former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall knew-or should have known about the cheating
As many as 178 educators including more than 3 dozen principals were involved in the CRCT cheating scandal
Governor Deal said the results of the report should be taken seriously and there may be more consequences for those involved.
The CRCT cheating investigation was initiated after the AJC asked questions about huge gains in tests scores on the 2009 CRCT.
Some city officials and parents are calling for Dr. Beverly Hall to be prosecuted if she knew about the cheating scandal and to pay back cash incentives she was awarded for improving test scores during her tenure as Atlanta School Superintendent. Hall retired from the job on June 30 the day the CRCT report was delivered to Governor Deal.
Here is more info on the CRCT Report
Mayor Kasim Reed also released the following statement on the CRCT cheating report:
“Today is a dark day for the Atlanta Public School system. The State of Georgia’s investigation into allegations of widespread cheating on the CRCT test confirms our worst fears. There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system.
Further, there is no question that a complete failure of leadership in the AtlantaPublic School system hurt thousands of children who were promoted to the next grade without meeting basic academic standards.
I am grateful to former Governor SonnyPerdue and Governor Nathan Deal for their leadership on this issue and for bringing the grave problems facing the AtlantaPublic School system to light. The investigators followed the facts, regardless of where they led. I would also like to commend Atlanta’s press corps, especially The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for its service to the public by providing comprehensive, investigative reporting on the test score discrepancies.
I am confident that Interim Superintendent ErrolDavis, former Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, and Board of Education Chairwoman Brenda Muhammad and Vice-Chairman Reuben McDaniel will take decisive action and lead the system in a manner that resolves the problems uncovered in the investigation and work to ensure that this never happens again.
The Atlanta Public School system can and will recover from this painful chapter in its history. The system has the support of teachers and educators who are principled and committed to serving the city’s students. The system has the support of thousands of parents who are deeply invested in what happens in the classroom and the academic achievement of their children. And Superintendent Davis, Chairwoman Muhammad and Vice-Chairman McDaniel have my full support and that of the entire City of Atlanta as they begin to move the school district forward.”