In one of his first moves as interim Atlanta school superintendent, Erroll Davis announced that any unusual gain in test scores would trigger an automatic investigation into how those gains were achieved.
It’s such a simple step, and so obvious. If you have any real interest in protecting the integrity of a high-stakes testing regimen, instituting that kind of policy would seem essential.
In fact, if Atlanta Public Schools officials had implemented such common-sense safeguards back when credible allegations of cheating on test scores first began to draw attention, a lot of this controversy could have been avoided. There might have been no state investigation, and no international scandal.
But I guess that’s the point. Character is fate. The previous APS leadership, including the school board, was incapable of taking such a simple, proactive step. Maybe they feared that by implementing safeguards against cheating, they would have signaled that cheating was a problem. Maybe, at