The Georgia Board of Education is expected to vote today to throw out the CRCT scores earned by four schools accused of cheating.
Adults at the schools are accused of changing students’ answers on last summer’s fifth-grade math CRCT retest, a move that boosted each school’s overall scores and allowed them to meet federal testing standards.
The four accused schools are — Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy, DeKalb County’s Atherton Elementary School, Fulton County’s Parklane Elementary School and Glynn County’s Burroughs-Molette Elementary.
Two administrators from Atherton Elementary have been arrested and investigations are going on in the other school systems and communities. State officials say Atlanta school officials have refused to acknowledge that the results are tainted.
Questions remain over whether this scandal has hurt students.
What was the fallout for these kids since passing the exam meant they were promoted to sixth-grade, where the lessons are harder and the expectations more demanding? The tainted scores make it impossible for teachers to use the results to identify where students struggled. It paints a fake picture of what students learned.
Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, provided some answers Wednesday by looking at how the retest students performed on the sixth-grade math CRCT they took this spring.
Those students didn’t do well. While all of Atherton’s fifth-graders passed last summer’s retest, only 41.4 percent passed the sixth-grade exam this year. She said the results were similar from students from the other accused schools.
Will these students continue to struggle in math? What about the additional pressure their problems will place on teachers and other students?
What other punishment do you think the state should dole out to those involved in the cheating scandal?
The AJC is interested in speaking with the parents of these students and the sixth-grade teachers who taught these kids. If you can provide any insight please leave a comment below or contact Nancy Badertscher, at email@example.com.