Five More Georgia Schools Found Guilty of Cheating

Five More Georgia Schools Found Guilty of Cheating

Amidst the news in July that 178 teachers and principals were found guilty of illegally changing test scores in Atlanta, additional schools have been identified in the state.

Published August 30, 2011

More cheating has been discovered in Georgia schools.


On Thursday, investigators identified five additional schools in Georgia with evidence of cheating on test scores. Lead investigator Richard Hyde, who also investigated July’s findings, says the recently gathered information would be enough to start making arrests.


 “We have evidence of cheating in every school we have been to,” Hyde told The Huffington Post.


In July it was found that almost 80 percent of Atlanta Public Schools lied on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The CRCT report summary said that 178 teachers and principals took part in the cheating.


Hyde’s team found that teachers and principals were erasing and correcting bubbled-in student answers on a massive scale. In some cases schools were hosting “changing parties” where educators would gather to correct students’ wrong answers.


Hyde also discovered a broader culture surrounding cheating in Atlanta for teachers: public humiliation if your students scored low on the exam and large bonuses if they did well.


Based on his findings, more than 140 teachers have been terminated so far.


“The teachers who tell the truth will not be prosecuted. The teachers who lied to us will be criminally prosecuted,” Hyde said.


His investigation in Dougherty County started in July and eight schools are left to be examined. Hyde says that, overall, the investigation is far from over.



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Written by Danielle Wright


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