UPDATE 6/17: The DeKalb District Attorney’s Office is looking into allegations of cheating on the CRCT.
Officials say the probe could lead to criminal charges because state law makes it a felony to tamper with state documents. Officials also said the investigation may include more schools than just Atherton Elementary, which was cited in a state audit for extraordinary and suspicious gains.
Search district-by-district 2009 CRCT scores here. We’ll get school-level results in a couple of weeks.
The principal at Atherton Elementary in DeKalb, one of the accused schools, has resigned and district officials reassigned the assistant principal.
Other schools cited in the audit were: Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy, Parklane Elementary in Fulton County and Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County.
State officials have said students were not involved in the cheating.
Gov. Perdue’s spokesman said those responsible could face criminal charges under a law prohibiting tampering with state documents. The spokesman said Perdue would support creating a new law if it is determined that what already exists is not adequate.
Do you think those involved with the CRCT cheating scandal should face criminal charges? What should be the punishment?
If a new law is created, won’t the state and local school leaders have to do a better job investigating allegations of cheating?