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How far will schools go to make AYP?



Ist2_6028516-pencil-eraser Pretty far, it appears.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution report today details how administrators at one Georgia elementary school panicked after their testing and decided to cheat. They even faced criminal charges for their actions. Here's how the story begins:

On a late June day two years ago, two DeKalb County school administrators panicked.

A few dozen of their elementary school students had just finished high-stakes summer retests — exams first taken in spring but not passed. With just a glance at the answer sheets, Atherton Elementary School Principal James Berry and Assistant Principal Doretha Alexander saw they were in trouble.

“We cannot not make AYP,” Alexander said. Not making AYP, or adequate yearly progress, meant not meeting a required federal benchmark. These students, all fifth-graders, also faced being held back if they did not pass.

“OK,” Berry answered. He pulled a pencil from a cup on Alexander’s desk. “I want you to call the answers to me.”

With that, he began to erase the students’ answers. 

Anyone surprised by that? Any stories like this going on here in Florida?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]


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