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Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal refers to the accusation that teachers and principals in the

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  1. ^ Vogell, Heather; Perry, John (October 19, 2009). "Are drastic swings in CRCT scores valid?".  
  2. ^ a b Flock, Elizabeth (July 11, 2011). "APS (Atlanta public schools) embroiled in cheating scandal".  
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Patrik (July 5, 2011). "America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta".  
  4. ^ Resmovits, Joy (July 5, 2011). "Atlanta Public Schools Shaken By Cheating Report".  
  5. ^ a b c Koebler, Jason (July 7, 2011). "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal".  
  6. ^ a b Sarrio, Jamie (July 10, 2011). "Cheating scandal adds fuel to debate over high-stakes tests".  
  7. ^ Thomas, Kristina; Vogell, Heather (November 20, 2010). "Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall to step down".  
  8. ^ Staff report (March 29, 2013). Ex-APS Superintendent Beverly Hall, others indicted. WSBTV
  9. ^ Niesse, Mark (6 September 2013). "Jury finds Cotman not guilty in first Atlanta cheating trial". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Fausset, Richard (29 September 2014). "Racketeering Trial Opens in Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal". New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 


On September 29, 2014, the trial of the teachers accused of tampering with students' grades began in Atlanta. It is expected to last more than three months.[10]

Prior to the scandal, the APS had been lauded for making significant gains in standardized test scores. Between 2002 and 2009, eighth-graders' (the grade level at which the CRCT is taken) scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test jumped 14 points, the highest of any urban area.[5] Superintendent Beverly Hall, who served from 1999 to 2010, was named Superintendent of the Year in 2009.[7] The GBI's report said Hall "knew or should have known" about the scandal.[2] Hall's lawyer has denied she had any knowledge of cheating practices.[5] In 2013, she was indicted in relation to her role in the matter.[8] On September 6, 2013, Tamara Cotman, an Executive Director, represented by Benjamin Davis, was found not guilty of influencing a witness.[9]

The scandal has thrust the debate over using high-stakes testing to hold educators accountable, mandated by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, into the national spotlight.[6] Teachers who confessed to cheating blamed "inordinate pressure" to meet targets set by the district and said they faced severe consequences such as a negative evaluation or termination if they didn't.[6]

[5][4][3] The size of the scandal has been described as one of the largest in United States history.[3] 178 teachers and principals were found to have fixed incorrect answers entered by students.[2]

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