The largest cheating scandal in history got even more scandalous yesterday when a state probe showed that Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about it and failed to act.An 800-page report provided to the AP showed that several teachers were ignored when they blew the whistle on the systemic cheating operation.
A week earlier, Hall raised suspicions when she stepped down from her position admidst a year-long investigation into Georgia’s cheating scandal. She had previously won the title of national Superintendent of the Year in 2009 for students’ high scores.
Out of the 178 teachers and principals accused, 82 have confessed to allegations of altering assessment scores in order to promote students to the next grade level without meeting proper qualifications.
The Criterion-Reference Competency Test, or C.R.C.T, was initially implemented in 2000 and required all students from grades one to eight to be assessed for certain academic skills. Under federal law, educators could face salary cuts or have their jobs jeopardized if students do not meet certain scores required of the state.
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