Grand Jury Indicts 35 Atlanta Educators over Test Score Cheating Scandal

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Beverly Hall

In what’s been called one the largest public school cheating scandals in recent memory, authorities in Atlanta indicted nearly three dozen educators for allegedly changing students’ answers on standardized tests.

 

Among the 35 individuals charged was former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, labeled the leader of the racketeering scheme designed to boost student test scores and increase monetary awards for schools and performance bonuses for officials like Hall.

 

A grand jury in Fulton County decided there was more than enough evidence to charge the teachers and Hall, whose bond was set at $7.5 million, an unusually high amount for a crime. Hall was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements.

 

Some of those indicted were part of a group nicknamed “the chosen,” who met secretly during state testing to erase wrong answers provided by students and replace them with correct ones.

 

According to a 2011 report by state investigators, the cheating went on for a decade. They also accused Hall of either knowing about it or failing to uncover it and doing something to stop it.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

 

To Learn More:

Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall Indicted (by Rhonda Cook and Mark Niesse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta Is Indicted in Testing Scandal (by Michael Winerip, New York Times)

178 Atlanta Teachers and Administrators Accused of Helping Students Cheat on Tests (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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