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November 19, 2012 --

Atlanta Unfiltered’s Watchdog News report, after a hiatus of several months, is back today in a somewhat different format. Rather than a daily update, we will present a weekly Monday package of watchdog news from news outlets across Georgia. Please let us know if there’s something you think we missed. Georgia schools lay unequal foundation […]

Feb. 7

February 7, 2012 --

Diverted funds aid Perdue projects Corporal punishment legal in Georgia schools Karen Handel resigns from Komen after Planned Parenthood flap 9 protests filed over airport vending contracts Columbus senator backs bill to cap lobbyist gifts at $100 High court: Atlanta violated Open Meetings law ‘People still suffering’ four years after Imperial Sugar disaster Fulton tax […]

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools
February 10, 2010 --

One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious number of changed answers on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state Board of Education may order local investigations and monitoring of the 2010 CRCTs 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. We’ve got the list of schools.

APS: No ‘concrete’ evidence of cheating on 5th-grade tests at Deerwood

August 21, 2009 --

Atlanta’s public school system has found no “concrete, non-statistical evidence” of cheating on fifth-grade CRCT tests last year at Deerwood Academy. State officials in June said a disproportionate number of erasures suggested Deerwood students’ answers had been changed improperly. But attorney Penn Payne, hired to investigate the case for APS, blamed the discrepancies today on “negligence in record keeping, lack of energy and diligence in following the rules, and supervisory failure.” Read on to download the full report.

State flagged test score improvements at 18 schools

July 14, 2009 --

Eighteen Georgia schools improved fifth-graders’ CRCT scores enough in 2008 to trigger suspicions of cheating, the Augusta Chronicle reports. State officials last week threw out four schools’ scores for apparent cheating and have dropped investigations into two others. The state found 18 schools with statistically remarkable improvements in retest scores. The list includes Slater Elementary […]

Auditors: Test tampering at schools in ATL, DeKalb, Fulton

June 11, 2009 --

Last fall, DeKalb County school officials could find no improprieties at a Decatur-area elementary where fifth-graders showed phenomenal improvement on a state-mandated math test. Now, state auditors say, the evidence is overwhelming that someone tampered with the tests last summer at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb and three others in Georgia. Auditors believe “someone who […]