4/1: Shred school falsehoods

By the AJC Editorial Board

“We trust the media and public will focus on the main findings of the report that there is no orchestrated cheating in Atlanta Public Schools.”

— Beverly Hall, August 2010, summing up an investigation solicited by the district.

Atlantans know what came next, after truth’s chisel crumbled walls of denial.

Scores of communities from Maine to California may find themselves enduring a similarly traumatic experience, based on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Cheating our children” series, which found that test scores in nearly 200 school districts resemble those that drew Atlanta into the biggest cheating scandal in American history.

Thus, national attention has once again turned toward Atlanta. Unlike when the cheating scandal first surfaced, Atlanta can now provide an instructive example of how to address a civic tragedy.

Read the rest of what the AJC editorial board has to say, along with commentary by Leslie Hiner, vice president of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, and Steve Smith, associate superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

Then tell us what you think.

13 comments Add your comment

Mary Elizabeth

April 2nd, 2012
1:06 am

I agree with both Bernie and Eric.

Testing should be used, primarily, for the diagnostic assessment of each student’s correct instructional level.

We must improve public education, not attempt to dismantle it. It must be funded well in order to improve it. Public schools in Georgia have been undercut by 4 billion dollars in the last decade. This is not right.

Bernie

April 1st, 2012
11:53 pm

The Public School system works, it has proven track record. All is needed is the financial and support of the public to make it a first class product. Charter schools and Voucher programs will only provide short term marginal successes at the cost of many students. Lets champion education for all Georgia’s children instead of those who are financially the fittest.

Eric

April 1st, 2012
11:10 pm

Sure, cheating is a civic tragedy. And so is undue emphasis on test scores in the first place.