Georgia investigates high stakes test cheating
The Governor’s Office of
Student Achievement released official results from their investigation into
cheating on the state 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). All public
school students residing in the state of Georgia in grades 1-8 are required to
take the CRCT in reading, English and math. Students in grades 3-8 also take
science and social studies exams.
The statewide investigation
found that 180 educators, including 38 principals, were identified as involved
in cheating on the states high stakes curriculum tests. 44 of 56 (76.6%) of the
schools examined were found to have serious incidents of cheating. The report
shows educators cheated on standardized tests by either helping students or
changing the answers once exams were handed in.
A final report will be submitted to the governor in the fall of
2011. Three volumes of the preliminary report are available online.