Confessions from Dougherty educators in CRCT cheating scandal

Because of all the attention on APS, it’s often forgotten that Dougherty County had 14 of its 26 schools flagged in the state’s audit of improbable wrong to right erasures on the 2009 CRCT.  Atlanta is a larger system under a more relentless media glare than this southern Georgia system.

But investigators for the state have now completed their interviews of between 300 and 350 employees and gained confessions from at least 10 educators.

According to the AJC:

Some of those interviewed have admitted to violating test protocol by either sharing with students the correct answers or changing answers after students turned their tests in, special investigator Richard Hyde told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Now we need to see if those violations rise to the level of a crime,” he said.

Hyde, former state Attorney General Michael Bowers and former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson were appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in August 2010 to investigate possible cheating on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in the Atlanta and Dougherty school systems.

In July, the three issued a scathing report, outlining evidence of a decade of systemic cheating in Atlanta Public Schools and implicating 178 educators at 44 of its schools. The Atlanta cheating investigation, believed to be the largest in U.S. history, was the priority. But after the release of the report, Hyde, Bowers and Wilson put the focus on Dougherty.

Hyde said 12 GBI agents spent six weeks in Dougherty, interviewing between 300 and 350 teachers and administrators and obtaining “a fair number of confessions.” He would not say exactly how many, but Hyde said the number of confessions is in the “double digits,” so 10 or more.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

11 comments Add your comment

HS Public Teacher

October 24th, 2011
8:37 am

Will those in Doughtery County be treated by the PSC similarly? Will the news ‘advertise’ those as eagerly?

Time will tell…..


October 24th, 2011
8:55 am

If and when cheating is finally eliminated from Georgia schools, it will be interesting to see what new social experiment the teaching profession will come up with to insure that students from all racial and ethnic groups produce at the same level.


October 24th, 2011
9:36 am

How a teacher could look himself in the mirror after doing this is beyond me.

Rick in Grayson

October 24th, 2011
10:20 am

“Now we need to see if those violations rise to the level of a crime,” he said.
I would hope that even one instance of giving correct answers to a child or changing an answer later would be a crime…what could be so hard about that decision?

Would the possibility of a child not getting HOPE make it allowable? LOL…but that is the way things are working now.

Don't Tread

October 24th, 2011
10:24 am

Wonder how many of these kids will grow up thinking it’s OK to cheat, seeing as this is what their supposed role models did.

Better start building more prisons now.


October 24th, 2011
10:59 am

Most telling is the statement that Dougherty Country officials cooperated fully with the investigation whereas at APS, they had to fight for every scrap of paper.

Also, those principals who pleaded the Fifth? I think Dougherty would be within their rights to terminate them for insubordination for refusal to follow a direct order to cooperate fully with the investigation.


October 24th, 2011
11:00 am

Dougherty COUNTRY, lol. Well, if you’ve ever been there……

Beverly Fraud

October 24th, 2011
11:34 am

Another system targeted for no other reason that they rigorously adhered to rigor.

It’s a witch hunt; a veritable witch hunt.


October 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

on a side note, according to the data sheet from the GA DOE, dougherty county reported over 200 incidences of corporal punishment 2010/2011 school yr. wonder if THAT is an accurate number

Archie@Arkham Asylum

October 24th, 2011
1:51 pm

Dougherty County has to keep those football players eligible to play. Academic or test difficulties could gum up the works!


October 24th, 2011
8:03 pm

I note this says “educators” and not “teachers.” Maybe the AJC is learning the two are not interchangeable.

If the protocols are followed (an administrative function) the only way teachers could cheat would be by announcing the answers directly or through voice inflection. Changing answers would have to take place away from the teachers. IF THE REQUIRED PROTOCOLS WERE FOLLOWED, which is up to the administration to see that it happens.