Remember when Dougherty County said its own investigation of CRCT cheating found no evidence of test tampering and credited the improbable score swings to smart test-taking skills? That led to an angry Gov. Perdue sending in his own investigatory team.
And now the results are about to be released: 49 educators implicated in cheating.
One clear fact from the cheating scandal: Systems cannot do their own probes. Either through a lack of investigatory expertise or a lack of will, they are not capable of eliciting the truth. (The legal powers accorded to the state’s investigatory team make a big difference, as do the use of trained investigators to conduct the interviews.)
As many of 49 educators have been implicated in a test cheating scandal in Dougherty County, The Albany Herald is reporting.
Former Attorney General Mike Bowers, former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson and special investigator Richard Hyde investigated cheating on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in Atlanta and Dougherty County.
Both investigations were triggered by an erasure analysis conducted by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. That analysis showed a statistically improbable number of erasures and wrong-to-right answers on the 2009 CRCT.
In July, the investigators issued a stinging report about widespread test cheating in Atlanta Public Schools over several years. Investigators spent the last few months interviewing hundreds of people in Dougherty County, in Southwest Georgia. That school system was second only to APS in schools flagged for potential cheating as a result of the erasure analysis.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog