Thursday, July 7, 2011

Academic Fiefdom: Atalanta Public Schools Cook the Grade Books

Associated Press: "A yearlong investigation by Georgia's governor shows educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests..."

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level:

Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.

Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.


In the report, the governor’s special investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served.

Yeah. That just confirms my bias yet again: we should put middle school, high school, and college on Netflix and/or YouTube and fire all the teachers and administrators.

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