One poster described Beverly Hall’s reassignment today of the 12 principals whose schools were implicated in the most extreme examples of CRCT cheating as “throwing them under the bus.”
Is Hall throwing her employees under the bus or cleaning house?
And what will the first day of school look like at Gideons, Usher, Peyton Forest, Perkerson, Venetian Hills, Scott, Connally, Dunbar, F.L. Stanton and Capitol View elementary schools and Parks Middle with temporary leadership? (There is one more school that will be affected, the one led by the former principal of Blalock, which has closed, but made the dirty dozen list released this week by the Blue Ribbon Commission charged with figuring out if there was cheating and where it occurred.)
Teachers and students are returning to campuses without principals.
Here is what APS released today:
Having had the opportunity to fully review the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) report, Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall today ordered the immediate reassignment of the principals at the 12 Category 1 schools referred to in the BRC report as being of concern for possible violations associated with the administration of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). These reassignments are pending the outcome of the investigation.
The district also plans to refer 108 APS employees to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission next Monday. These are the employees who were recommended for further investigation in the BRC report. One of the individuals named in the report, who does not hold an educator certificate, is not being referred to the PSC, because the commission only investigates certificated employees. That investigation will be coordinated by APS.
The district has already put into place specific actions recommended by BRC investigators, including new testing policies and test security procedures that were implemented prior to the administration of the 2010 CRCT exam. APS on Monday will launch a 12-week accelerated academic recovery program for certain students at the schools singled out by the state for concern because of the number of erasures on the 2009 CRCT exam.