Cheating Scandal Rocks Atlanta School District
School districts are always concerned about test scores but in Atlanta, school officials are in big trouble for going too far. CNN Student News reported that 35 teachers, administrators and students are under investigation for widespread cheating from elementary school to high school.
Suspicions were raised when the district’s test scores increased too dramatically. In addition, some honest students reported teachers who tried to give them the right answers on standardized tests. The beginning stages of the investigation found some teachers even went as far as changing answers on tests once students had turned them in. Some teachers said administrators threatened them if they didn’t participate in the cheating. Perhaps the district was motivated by money; improved test scores might mean bonuses for administrators or additional funding for the school.
The school district’s former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall is one of the people under investigation for the violations. However, the new superintendent claims 95 percent of teachers and administrators weren’t part of the cheating. Governor Nathaniel Deal said in press conference it was unfortunate test scores and rankings became more important than the students’ education. Parents say their children are the real victims of the cheating scandal.