In the end, what you’re allowed to know about the CRCT scandal in the Atlanta Public School system — for now– is limited to a two-page set of talking points.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced last week that he would announce the findings of the yearlong APS investigation. But just before Deal appeared with the two former prosecutors who conducted the probe – Mike Bowers and Bob Willson – staffers confirmed that the report itself would be withheld.
The governor said he was waiting for a judgment from Attorney General Sam Olens, which could come later today.
Some of the facts that you’re allowed to know:
– We found cheating in 44 of the 56 schools we examined…There were 38 principals of those 56 schools …found to be responsible for, or directly involved in, cheating.
–We determined that 178 teachers and principals in the Atlanta Public School system cheated. Of the 178, 82 confessed to this misconduct…
– Cheating occurred as early as 2001.
– There were warnings of cheating on CRCT as early as December 2005/January 2006. The warnings were significant and clear and were ignored.
– Cheating was caused by a number of factors but primarily by the pressure to meet targets in the data driven-environment…..
– A culture of fear, intimidation and retalian existed in the APS, which created a conspiracy of silence and deniability with respect to standardized test misconduct.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider