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Atlanta Educators Accused In Cheating Scandal Start Turning Themselves In

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
April 2, 2013

“The first three of the 35 educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal turned themselves in to authorities early Tuesday,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.

They are:

– “Tameka Goodson, a school improvement specialist at Kennedy Middle School … [who is accused] of working with her school’s principal and secretary to change students’ wrong answers to right answers on standardized tests.”

– “Donald Bullock, a testing coordinator at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary … accused of asking two teachers to participate in falsifying standardized test answer sheets.”

– “Benteen Elementary testing coordinator Theresia Copeland … [who is accused] of racketeering, theft by taking and two counts of false statements or writings.”

All of those who were indicted are supposed to surrender Tuesday.

As Eyder has reported:

Back in July of 2011, we told you that a report released by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal detailed a “school system fraught with unethical behavior that included teachers and principals changing wrong answers on students’ answer sheets and an environment where cheating for better test scores was encouraged and whistle blowers were punished.”

On Friday, a grand jury indicted the 35 educators — including former Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall.

Our colleagues at Atlanta’s WABE have collected their reporting on the scandal here. Their posts include a 2010 interview with Hall, who has denied she participated in or even knew about the scandal.

The Journal-Constitution’s coverage is collected here. It summed up the significance of the scandal this way:

“A tainted and largely unpoliced universe of untrustworthy test results underlies bold changes in education policy, the findings show. The tougher teacher evaluations many states are rolling out, for instance, place more weight than ever on tests.

“Perhaps more important, the analysis suggests a broad betrayal of schoolchildren across the nation. As Atlanta learned after cheating was uncovered in half its elementary and middle schools last year, falsified test results deny struggling students access to extra help to which they are entitled, and erode confidence in a vital public institution.”

[Copyright 2013 NPR]

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