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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cheaters to get suspended from school

click to enlarge "Believe, Achieve and Succeed" ... unless you're a Georgia school principal
  • "Believe, Achieve and Succeed" ... unless you're a Georgia school principal

After an audit found cheating on fifth-grade standardized math tests, someone was definitely going to be suspended. Except it's not the young students--it's teachers and principals!

The AJC reports that former Dekalb Count principal James Berry was sentenced today to two years' probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to falsifying documents.  Two Fulton County and two Atlanta educators await a decision today concerning their involvement in the cheating scandal. Four Glynn County educators along with a Dekalb assistant principal have already been banned from their public schools for a year.

Suspicions were raised after an unusually high number of erasure marks where found on the state's 2008 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests where the right answer was filled in.   These falsified higher scores helped schools pass the basic federal standards.

Beyond the hypocrisy of deceptive educators telling children not to cheat on tests, what's so shocking is that these are fifth graders, not high school students. For schools to have such an issue meeting standards so early on makes it clear how deeply troubled our state's public education system is.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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