Former Atlanta Superintendent Says She Wishes She Would Have Anticipated Cheating

Former Atlanta Superintendent Says She Wishes She Would Have Anticipated Cheating

In a column in Education Week, the leader expresses her accomplishments and regrets.

Published August 11, 2011

The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools is speaking out in response to the cheating scandal in her former district.


In a column posted on Wednesday in Education Week, an industry magazine for educators, Beverly Hall says that the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is not the “whole” story and that she “deeply” regrets not doing more during her nearly 12 years in charge to prevent the cheating.


Hall explains that once the tests were completed, because they had to remain at the schools for several days, she’s saddened that there were opportunities for tampering that should have been prevented and were not.


“In hindsight, I would also more closely monitor the test administration in the classroom, which is now done on a heightened basis,” she writes.


An investigation by the State of Georgia found that almost 80 percent of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) lied on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and that 178 principals and teachers took part in the cheating.


In her column, Hall goes on to explain that she and her team implemented new models and professional development based on research-based practices that advanced the way the school system was run.


Though she is very proud of all of the things she did accomplish in her time as superintendent, she admits that she also has regrets.


“Should I have anticipated cheating, based on dramatic gains in test scores? With hindsight, I wish I had,” she says.



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