I am sad to report a huge teacher and principal scandal in Atlanta, Georgia during the last decade. The educational scandal in Atlanta is all the more hurtful because Atlanta had been acclaimed during this last decade for its amazing test score improvements.
This cheating took place in the grade schools and high schools. It makes me wonder what the impact has been on the high school graduates and high school dropouts of Atlanta, Georgia.
178 educators pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned
The report implicated 38 principals, noting that 178 educators pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned. Eighty-two other educators confessed to various forms of cheating, including erasing wrong answers on students’ multiple choice exams and then replacing them with the correct one.
CRCT Report: Answers Changed At ‘Erasure Parties’
Sadly, the Atlanta school system has given America a new term: erasure parties.
Among the other findings, the report stated that the changing of answers was often done at weekend gatherings, or so-called erasure parties. The report stated that children were denied special-educational assistance because their falsely reported CRCT scores were too high, and during testing, teachers pointed to the correct answer while standing at students’ desks.
Read the erasure party story at this Atlanta TV station’s website.
Atlanta Teacher Scandal, High School Graduates, and Dropouts
What does the Atlanta educational scandal have to do with the GED or high school dropouts?
If falsifying test scores was rampant in Atlanta, Georgia, if deserving students were denied special attention because their test scores seemed OK, what kind of students graduated from Atlanta high schools? Will we ever know the educational damage done to Atlanta’s high school students?