Investigation reveals test-score manipulation in Atlanta schools

WHAT: A yearlong Georgia investigation uncovered widespread cheating on student exams at 44 of 56 Atlanta public schools. Investigators charged 178 teachers and principals with cheating. So far, 82 have confessed.

HOW: Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ test papers. At one elementary school, four educators held a weekend “changing party” using a school official’s answer sheets.

WHY: Teachers who admitted they cheated said they were under immense pressure to raise test scores by any means. Former Superintendent Beverly Hall is accused of being active in the cheating cover-up.

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