This should be interesting: According to the AJC, an outside investigator looking into allegations of CRCT cheating at Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy said “irregularities were the result of negligence and record keeping, lack of energy and diligence in following the rules rather than deliberate attempts to alter test answers.”
What the heck does that mean?
The report was up on the APS Web site and then down. It is now up again. Read it here. The attorney hired by APS, Penn Payne, concludes that the evidence is not strong enough to justify the charge of deliberate cheating. (The state will surely disagree.)
She notes that five APS schools sent their kids to Deerwood for summer school remediation in math. Only the Deerwood students had the much higher pass rate, but Payne cites several explanations other than cheating for that discrepancy.
1. Deerwood students were in summer classes staffed with four Teach for America teachers, plus a veteran teacher, receiving what Payne called an