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Atlanta Public Schools Have to Repay Money Won from Grants, Due to Cheating Scandal

bubble sheetIn July 2011, it came to light that teachers and administrators in the Atlanta School District had been helping their students to cheat on national, standardized tests. Now, the school district has to pay for their crime to the tune of $363,000.

The cheating had been going on since 2001 and involved almost half of the schools in the district. There were almost 180 teachers and principals accused of being involved in the cheating scandal. Evidently these teachers went so far as to give the students the answers during the tests and even changing the answers that were wrong.

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Atlanta Schools Cheat to Improve Public Image

What would you do if your teacher offered you assistance on a standardized test? I have never been in this situation, and I am very thankful for that, but many students in Atlanta’s public school system have been and the whistle was blown on this systematic cheating scandal in early July, 2011.

On July 5, 2011, a state investigation was released. This investigation showed that there had been rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in Atlanta’s public schools for the past several years. The cheating was wide-spread throughout the district and involved 44 schools and at least 178 teachers and principals. This cheating possibly occurred due to pressures to raise the schools’ public images as a long-trouble district or in order to meet standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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