Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Setting Students Up for Failure, Tens of Thousands Hurt


Georgia is home to the nation’s largest cheating scandal. As a result, over a ten year period in Atlanta, tens of thousands of students were promoted who were not ready for the next grade.

Below are links to reports, videos, articles and more regarding the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.


What is the CRCT

The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards. The assessments yield information on …


State Report on CRCT Cheating Scandal

The investigators report on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is the result of a two year investigation into allegations of widespread cheating in the school system.
CRCT Report: Volume 1 of 3

An overview of the investigation, erasure analysis and summaries of schools investigators visited, evidence of cheating by 13 educators at Parks Middle School beginning in 2006.
CRCT Report: Volume 2 of 3

This volume has more school summaries. List schools where investigators found the most instances of cheating. Highlights major changes on test scores between 2009 and 2010, when school officials were under tremendous scrutiny about changing test scores.
CRCT Report: Volume 3 of 3

Investigators outline why cheating occurred, detail the culture of fear at Atlanta Public Schools, and probe allegations that school officials ignored warnings and complaints about cheating. The school system’s  “Blue Ribbon Commission” met to investigate the cheating scandal and  investigators reveal their findings.




Atlanta cheating scandal renews school reform debate

Atlanta Public Schools Shaken By Cheating Report


Cheating Scandal Changes Future for Atlanta’s Children?



Atlanta testing scandal and “No Child Left Behind”





Radio Shows


State’s Investigators Say They Found Systemic Cheating at APS: Reaction from a Leader of a Parents’ Watchdog Group

WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Julie Salisbury, a founding member of the APS parents’ watchdog group Step Up or Step Down.





‘Run like the mob': US school cheating scandal details emerge – MSNBC

A new Georgia state report details the nation’s largest-ever cheating scandal, concluding that half of Atlanta’s schools allowed practices that inflated students’ scores to go unchecked for as long as a decade.


Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal – US News

For 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history according to a scathing report


Atlanta cheating scandal renews school reform debate – CBS News

The Atlanta public schools are embroiled in a massive cheating scandal. It’s a situation that’s rippling far beyond the city’s borders, because the alleged cheating involved the same sort of standardized tests used all over the country.


Report: Atlanta superintendent knew about cheating – Associated Press

Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation.


APS Cheating Report: The summer’s saddest page-turner – Atlanta Mag.

In the spring of my daughter’s second year in the Atlanta Public Schools system, I got a new job and we prepared to relocate out of state. I went to meet with her teacher to talk about the upcoming move. The teacher’s first response left me taken aback.