Three elementary schools accused of cheating on last summer’s CRCT retest are among the 1,717 Georgia public schools that made federal testing goals this year.
Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy, DeKalb County’s Atherton Elementary, Fulton County’s Parklane Elementary made adequate yearly progress, also known as AYP. Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County did not and is a needs improvement school.
Adults at the four schools are accused of changing students’ answers on last summer’s fifth-grade CRCT math retest. The score were used last year to determine if schools made the goals mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The improved scores allowed the schools to reach the goal, but the State Board of Education threw out those results last week.
The state has not made any allegations against the four schools regarding this year’s exams.
Still, the scandal has tainted this year’s AYP report for some. The state uses CRCT results to determine if elementary and middle schools met the federal standard.
“The cheating makes it hard to say if other schools really did OK,” one Atlanta parent told me yesterday. “Did other schools cheat? You have to wonder what it says about the mentality of the teachers and school system.”
Do you think this year’s AYP results are tainted?