In a farewell video, APS school chief Beverly Hall cautions the 6,000 APS employees that the results of governor’s investigation into 2009 CRCT cheating in Atlanta schools are coming in the next few weeks and there will be “troubling, no some alarming conclusions.”
On the video, Hall says, “It’s become increasingly clear over the last year that a segment of our staff chose to violate the trust that was placed in them. And let me be clear, there is simply no excuse for unethical behavior and no room in this system for unethical conduct. I am confident that aggressive, swift action will be taken against anyone who believed so little in our students and in our system of support that they turned to dishonesty as the only option.”
Hall also cites the system’s gains in her tenure, including its improvement on NAEP scores. She reassures the teachers that their efforts have paid off for the 48,000 students in APS.
In preliminary 2011 CRCT results. Hall says APS students showed growth in four of the five core areas – reading, English/language arts, math and social studies — and held steady in science.
She also cited record scholarship dollars for Atlanta teens, including the generous Gates Millennium Scholarships that pay all costs of undergraduate and graduate school. Since 2009, Atlanta has produced more Gates Millennium scholars than any other district in the nation, says Hall
Hall ends the video farewell by saying she cherished her time in Atlanta and will hold the staff and students in her heart.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog