APS develops initial plan for state CRCT cheating results

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools has developed an initial plan for responding to the results of the state CRCT investigation report that includes a wide range of actions intended to prevent recurrences of testing improprieties.

          The plan includes:

  • Moving the district’s Office of Internal Resolution (OIR) from Human Resources to Internal Audits, which reports directly to the Atlanta Board of Education.
  • Setting ‘trigger points’ that will result in automatic investigations of schools whose test scores increase by a larger than normal percentage.
  • Initiating climate surveys to periodically assess the culture at district schools and offices.
  • Adding customer service and student support key measures to the district’s ‘Balanced Scorecard’, which is used to evaluate the performance of departments and employees on an annual basis.

Interim Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. previously said that he will initiate appropriate action against each and every APS employee who was involved in testing irregularities and tampering.  Prior to the release of the state CRCT investigation report, APS submitted the names of more than one hundred employees to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) for further investigation of testing improprieties and temporarily reassigned 12 principals whose schools had apparent testing issues.

“I plan to issue a more detailed action plan in response to the state CRCT investigation report that will be based on an extensive and thorough review of the findings,” said Davis.  “I plan to take the time required to painstakingly go over the state report so that we address each and every issue it identifies,” said Davis.

APS has already enhanced the testing environment in all schools with tighter security for testing materials and state-of-the-art safeguards designed to prevent improprieties and tampering.  These enhancements were implemented starting with the 2010 CRCT administration, with additional enhancements added for the 2011 CRCT administration.  The district also enhanced its annual training for all employees involved in testing and established a 24-hour hotline, where people are encouraged to report testing improprieties.

“Most APS parents and guardians already know that the vast majority of our principals, teachers and staff are dedicated, honest and hard-working people who always have the best interests of children in mind in everything they do in thousands of classrooms throughout the district,” Davis said.

Davis vowed to correct any remaining deficiencies in the testing area, while moving forward with the district’s existing urban education reform programs and implementing others as required to continue escalating student academic achievement throughout the district.

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