Atlanta schools created culture of cheating, fearATLANTA (AP) - A new state report reveals how far some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores in the nation's largest-ever cheating scandal.
The scandal first came to light two years ago. Now,
investigators have concluded that nearly half the city's schools
allowed cheating to go unchecked for as long as a decade, beginning
Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong
answers on students' test sheets and filling in the correct
bubbles. At another school, struggling students were seated next to
higher-performing classmates so they could copy answers.
Tens of thousands of children were allowed to advance to higher
grades, even though they didn't know basic concepts. Most of the 44
schools were in the city's poorest neighborhoods.