The schools are: Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy, DeKalb County’s Atherton Elementary, Fulton County’s Parklane Elementary and Glynn County’s Burroughs-Molette Elementary.
The state education board learned about the cheating from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The office conducted an investigation after the schools posted unusually large gains on the retests.
Since the report’s release last month, the principal of Atherton resigned and an assistant principal was reassigned. Both were arrested and face felony charges.
Glynn County has asked the state education ethics commission to consider disciplining four individuals. Investigations are going on in Fulton County as well.
But Atlanta school leaders are the only ones refusing to admit that the results are tainted, Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, said Wednesday.
Perdue commended school officials in DeKalb and Glynn for their “strong reactions” and showing “they will not condone this behavior.”
He didn’t have nice things to say about Atlanta:
“However, it is outrageous that Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall has simply ignored all of the evidence that Superintendent Cox, the State Board, the other systems, and I found so compelling. While Superintendent Hall attributes the gains to a ‘rigorous program’, there were flat gains from students of the 4 other schools that attended the same summer school as the students who had their tests altered.”
What do you think of Perdue’s comments?