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April 14, 2015

Former Atlanta Educators Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Test-Cheating Case

Almost all the defendants will spend time behind bars, a reality that hit home hard for some in the courtroom. Audible crying and sobbing could be heard as Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter handed down the first of the sentences.

April 13, 2015

Convicted Educators, Supporters Plead for Leniency in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

The judge put off sentencing the educators for their roles in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams; he's urging their defense attorneys to work out sentencing agreements with the district attorney.

April 08, 2015

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal and Motivation Theory

I know educators around the country empathize with Atlanta (we understood what drove them) but I hope we have learned from Atlanta as well. Tying pay raises and job evaluations to one yearly, standardized test makes no sense at all. We don't give our students an A or an F because of one test. Why is it okay to do this to teachers and schools?

April 06, 2015

1-800-Cheater: Power and Control in Test-Score Scandals

Let's be real. All of us who genuinely want the best for our students know what's moral, what's simply following orders, and what is done for personal gain, kids be damned. What happened in Atlanta was shameful in ways that had nothing to do with standardized testing, and everything to do with power, control, and scapegoating.

April 06, 2015

Atlanta Injustice Demands a Response

As a teacher, I do not tolerate cheating by my students, but I also take responsibility for creating assessment conditions that minimize cheating. Will any policy makers accept responsibility for the conditions surrounding the Atlanta test-cheating cases?

April 03, 2015

Roundup: Educators React Strongly to Atlanta Verdicts

Education Week gathered reactions to the Atlanta test-cheating trial, in which 11 educators were found guilty of racketeering.

April 02, 2015

The Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal: How Did We Get Here?

With teachers and administrators, including a superstar superintendent turned scapegoat, facing charges typically reserved for organized crime, the investigation, indictments and trial captivated educators from coast to coast.

April 01, 2015

Jury Finds 11 Atlanta Educators Guilty in Cheating Trial

Jurors found that the educators conspired to artificially inflate tests scores by changing answers or guiding students to fill in correct responses on a 2009 state test.

March 19, 2015

Atlanta Schools Cheating Trial Heads to Jury

Jurors must decide if 12 former district employees were part of a vast criminal conspiracy, committed lesser felonies, or were merely pawns in a scheme masterminded by their former bosses and supervisors.

March 02, 2015

Beverly Hall, Former Atlanta Chief Indicted in Cheating Scandal, Dies

Hall, a former national superintendent of the year, was widely lauded for strong gains in Atlanta until a cheating scandal tarnished that legacy.

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