Interim APS Superintendent talks about cheating

3:52 PM, Jul 11, 2011   |    comments
APS Superintendent Erroll Davis makes direct appeal to students following CRCT cheating report.
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis told parents he is as angry as they are about cheating accusations in a state investigative report released last week.


"I am outraged that some of our employees short-changed our students by engaging in improprieties on the 2009 CRCT test," Davis said in a video message posted over the weekend on the APS website.

The school system also did a calling post that included a phone message from Davis for parents.

Davis, who was hired to serve as superintendent for the next year, said last week that he plans to present his personnel action plan to the school board during Monday's meeting.

"I am angered, and I'm sure you are too, that our students and parents were misled by inaccurate test scores that misrepresented students' real proficiency," Davis said in his recorded message.

Davis promised no tolerance for cheating as he ran through some "sobering" findings in the state report.

The report showed 44 of 56 schools investigated cheated on the 2009 CRCT. The report also implicated 38 principals and 140 teachers.

Former Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall was described as demanding results at all costs and creating a "culture of fear."

Davis said he does not accept the contention that those who cheated were under too much pressure to reach challenging academic goals.

"There is nothing inconsistent about demanding high performance along with high integrity," he said.

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