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    Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

     

    One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious numbers of changed answers on the spring 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test, an analysis released Wednesday shows.

    Local school officials would be asked to investigate the anomalies, review their district’s testing procedures and rotate teachers who oversee the testing, under a recommendation to the state Board of Education. In the most serious cases — about 4 percent of all Georgia schools — state monitors would oversee the 2010 CRCTs.

    The recommendations are meant to “eliminate future problems and help students who have been adversely affected by test tampering,” said Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

    The findings stemmed from a statistical analysis of test erasures where the wrong answers were changed to the right ones, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement reported. Schools were labeled as being of “severe concern” if 25 percent or more of its classrooms were flagged as having too many suspect answers and “moderate concern” if 11 to 24 percent were flagged.

    Metro Atlanta dominated the list, with nearly one in three Atlanta public schools ranked as being of severe or moderate concern, GOSA reported. Twenty-seven schools in DeKalb County made the list, as did 15 in Fulton, 12 in Clayton County and two in Cobb. There were none in Gwinnett.

    Atlanta school officials have already launched an internal investigation of testing procedures and will commission an independent, external analysis as well.

    Atlanta school officials acknowledged that the high number of erasures warranted further investigation, but noted that cheating was only one of the possible explanations. “It doesn’t necessarily follow that there was cheating,” APS spokesman Keith Bromery said.

    Students are encouraged to answer every question and, once they’re done, to go back and think about changing answers they’re not sure about, Bromery said. “If you skip questions that you’re having issues with or you didn’t get to all the questions, that works against you,” he said.

    Teaching certificates for more than a dozen educators in DeKalb, Fulton and Glynn counties and Atlanta have been suspended for their roles in previously uncovered alterations on students’ tests. Former DeKalb principal James Berry was also criminally charged and sentenced to two years’ probation.

    In Atlanta, Bromery said it was unclear how long the internal investigations would take but that the probes would not affect plans to extend 2011 contracts to teachers and principals. “We won’t be making any personnel decisions based on this,” he said.

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    Here are the schools labeled as “severe concern” (25% of classrooms with suspect answers) or moderate concern (10 to 24%):

    Atlanta City

    • 89.5%   Parks MS
    • 88.4%   Gideons ES
    • 86.1%   Peyton Forest ES
    • 83.3%   F.L. Stanton ES
    • 78.4%   Usher ES
    • 75.4%   Venetian Hills ES
    • 70.8%   Capitol View ES
    • 70.5%   Connally ES
    • 68.6%   Dunbar ES
    • 68.0%   Scott ES
    • 66.7%   Perkerson ES
    • 66.7%   Blalock ES
    • 63.6%   Towns ES
    • 63.3%   Woodson ES
    • 59.3%   Whitefoord ES
    • 58.3%   D.H. Stanton ES
    • 56.1%   Boyd ES
    • 54.9%   West Manor ES
    • 54.0%   Turner MS
    • 53.2%   Kennedy MS
    • 51.4%   Fickett ES
    • 48.0%   Finch ES
    • 47.8%   Deerwood Academy
    • 47.4%   White ES
    • 47.0%   Hutchinson ES
    • 46.7%   Humphries ES
    • 43.1%   Benteen ES
    • 42.6%   Beecher Hills ES
    • 42.0%   East Lake ES
    • 40.7%   Cook ES
    • 39.7%   Fain ES
    • 39.1%   Thomasville Heights ES
    • 33.3%   Dobbs ES
    • 33.3%   Crim HS
    • 31.4%   Coan MS
    • 30.3%   Slater ES
    • 30.0%   Benjamin S. Carsons Honors Prep Academy
    • 29.4%   C.W. Hill ES
    • 28.6%   Cascade ES
    • 28.2%   Heritage Academy ES
    • 27.8%   Adamsville ES
    • 26.1%   Cleveland ES
    • 25.0%   University Community Academy
    • 24.1%   Harper-Archer MS
    • 23.1%   M.A. Jones ES
    • 23.1 %  Bethune ES
    • 21.7%   Miles ES
    • 21.4%   Toomer ES
    • 21.3%   Parkside ES
    • 20.4%  Williams ES
    • 20.0%  Grove Park ES
    • 16.7%   The Bridge
    • 15.9%   Bolton Academy
    • 13.7%   Imagine Wesley International
    • 12.4%   Long MS
    • 11.7%   Kimberly ES
    • 11.4%   Young MS
    • 10.4%  Sylvan Hills MS

    DeKalb County

    • 66.7%   DeKalb Truancy School
    • 48.1%   Stoneview ES
    • 44.9%   Glen Haven ES
    • 40.0%   Shadow Rock ES
    • 35.0%   Cedar Grove MS
    • 25.0%   DeKalb Path Academy
    • 23.3%   International Student Center
    • 22.2%   Knollwood ES
    • 21.7%   Rainbow ES
    • 21.2%   Stone Mountain MS
    • 20.8%  Woodridge ES
    • 20.8%  Freedom MS
    • 20.3%   Snapfinger ES
    • 20.3%   Atherton ES
    • 19.0%   Meadowview ES
    • 17.9%   Hambrick ES
    • 17.8%   Indian Creek ES
    • 17.8%   Cedar Grove ES
    • 17.8%   Flat Shoals ES
    • 14.4%   Academy of Lithonia
    • 14.1%   Dunaire ES
    • 13.3%  Redan ES
    • 12.7%   Stone Mountain ES
    • 12.3%   Jolly ES
    • 11.1%   Canby Lane ES
    • 11.1%   Toney ES
    • 10.3%  Peachcrest ES

    Clayton County

    • 56.9%   Lewis Academy of Excellence
    • 26.3%   North Clayton MS
    • 23.1%   Oliver ES
    • 21.6%   Lake Ridge ES
    • 20.0%   Martin Luther King Jr. ES
    • 19.8%   Northcutt ES
    • 17.9%   Thurgood Marshall ES
    • 11.8%   Pointe South ES
    • 11.7%   Church Street ES
    • 11.7%   Mount Zion Primary
    • 10.7%   Fountain ES
    • 10.1%   Brown ES

    Fulton County

    • 44.9%   Gullatt ES
    • 44.4%   Hapeville Charter
    • 29.9%   Woodland MS
    • 23.6%   Randolph ES
    • 22.5%   S.L. Lewis ES
    • 19.6%   Conley Hills ES
    • 18.5%   Camp Creek MS
    • 13.6%   Tubman ES
    • 13.2%   Hamilton E. Holmes ES
    • 13.0%   Nolan ES
    • 12.6%   Lee ES
    • 12.6%   Stonewall Tell ES
    • 12.5%   Bear Creek MS
    • 12.3%   Paul D. West MS
    • 10.3%   Brookview ES

    Cobb County

    • 18.2%   Riverside Primary School
    • 16.7%   Lindley Academy

    Appling County

    • 15.4%   Appling County MS

    Baker County

    • 11.1%   Baker County K12 School

    Bibb County

    • 40.0%  Burke ES
    • 27.1%   Brookdale ES
    • 24.1%   Jones ES
    • 23.1%   Danforth Primary
    • 22.5%   Williams ES
    • 18.2%   Bruce ES
    • 14.6%   Hartley ES
    • 12.5%   Burghard ES
    • 10.4%   Riley ES

    Bleckley County

    • 12.9%   Middle Georgia

    Brantley County

    • 12.9%   Waynesville ES

    Calhoun County

    • 10.4%   Calhoun County ES

    Carroll County

    • 33.3%   Whitesburg ES

    Chatham County

    • 15.9%   Hodge ES

    Chattahoochee County

    • 15.4%   Chattahoochee Education Center

    Clarke County

    • 16.7%   Coile MS

    Department of Juvenile Justice

    • 25.0%   Sandersville
    • 22.2%   Metro Regional
    • 11.1%   Macon Regional
    • 11.1%   Albany Regional

    Dougherty County

    • 77.2%   West Town ES
    • 57.9%   New Jackson Heights ES
    • 52.2%   Northside ES
    • 45.6%   Martin Luther King Jr. ES
    • 39.4%   Turner ES
    • 31.7%   Alice Coachman ES
    • 31.6%   Morningside ES
    • 25.0%   Sherwood Acres ES
    • 22.7%   Lamar Reese School of the Arts
    • 22.2%   Sylvester Road ES
    • 21.4%   Radium Springs ES
    • 18.2%   Magnolia ES
    • 14.3%   Lincoln ES
    • 13.1%   Albany MS

    Dublin City

    • 16.7%   Susie Dasher ES

    Gainesville City

    • 25.6%   Gainesville ES
    • 13.9%   Fair Street ES

    Habersham County

    • 11.8%   Fairview ES

    Hancock County

    • 17.3%   Lewis ES

    Henry County

    • 12.5%   Fairview ES
    • 11.7%   Timber Ridge ES

    Jefferson County

    • 12.8%   Louisville Academy
    • 11.1%   Wrens ES
    • 10.4%   Wrens MS

    Lumpkin County

    • 22.2%   Lumpkin County MS

    Muscogee County

    • 51.9%   Muscogee ES
    • 29.2%   Davis ES
    • 21.7%   Brewer ES
    • 19.7%   Waddell ES
    • 19.2%   Martin Luther Jr. ES
    • 14.3%   Cusseta Road ES
    • 12.3%   Georgetown ES
    • 12.1%   East Columbus Magnet Academy
    • 10.5%   Edgewood ES

    Quitman County

    • 42.4%   New Quitman County ES

    Richmond County

    • 45.1%   Hornsby ES
    • 26.2%   Lamar ES
    • 19.6%   Milledge ES
    • 17.5%   Copeland ES
    • 17.4%   Craig-Houghton ES
    • 14.9%   Bayvale ES
    • 13.0%   Collins ES
    • 12.5%   Warren Road ES
    • 12.5%   Diamond Lakes ES
    • 11.7%   Jamestown ES
    • 11.1%   Wheeless Road ES

    Rockdale County

    • 10.3%   Hicks ES

    Rome City

    • 19.6%   Southeast ES
    • 12.8%   North Heights ES
    • 11.5%   West Central ES

    Spalding County

    • 31.7%   Moore ES
    • 28.6%   Atkinson ES

    Stewart County

    • 14.3%   Stewart County ES

    Talbot County

    • 15.0%   Central ES

    Taliaferro County

    • 11.1%   Taliaferro County School

    Thomasville City

    • 12.0%   Harper ES

    Valdosta City

    • 15.4%   Newbern MS
    • 10.3%   Nunn ES

    Vidalia City

    • 16.7%   J.D. Dickerson Primary School

    Walton County

    • 11.1%   Blaine St ES

    Whitfield County

    • 11.1%   Eastside ES

     

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    One Response to “Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools”

    1. David Sims says:

      Anyone interested can get detailed information on each of the named schools from GreatSchools.org. One detail that might interest many readers is the racial composition of most of the schools that are on the state’s “severe” list for cheating on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test.

      There are 71 elementary and middle schools in Georgia which are considered “severe” because more than 25% of their classrooms show suspiciously frequent wrong-to-right answer changes on CRCT forms. Only one of those schools has a student population that is majority White. Two of them are majority Hispanic. And 68 of the “severe” schools are majority Black. Of those 68 mostly Black schools, 43 are in the Atlanta School District.

      The Atlanta School District is not underfunded. It’s annual per-pupil funding is 45% higher than the Georgia average. (It’s $13150, as compared with $9089, according to GreatSchools.org.) On top of that, the Atlanta School District received, some years back, a $13.6 million grant, followed recently by another grant of $10 million, from the Gates Foundation.

      It appears, then, that administrators and teachers in the Atlanta School District have been sucking down the Georgia tax dollars as well as taking money from charitable donations, failing to improve educational outcomes honestly, and cheating in order to cover up their failures.

      David Sims
      Hillsboro, West Virginia

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