Atlantic Public Schools Scandal Analysis

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In 2011, the largest testing scandal in United States’ history broke in the critically acclaimed Atlantic Public School District. Quinton (2015) reported that “state investigators found that almost 180 teachers and principals had illegally tampered with scores on state tests, both by telling students the right answers and by secretly correcting the work students handed in”. Within the past months, the cases have finally started to come to a close. From arrests to conviction it took close to four years for prosecutors to get unethical teachers and administrators behind bars. Where is my thesis? The scandal is thought to have been going on for as early as 2005. According to Vogell (2015) “Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe…show more content…
It became so commonplace in the schools that educators planned when test alteration would take place in order to make it go faster. Quinton (2015) found that “at Venetian Hills, a group of teachers and administrators who dubbed themselves ‘the chosen ones’ convened to change answers in the afternoons or during makeup testing days. Principal Clarietta Davis, wore gloves while erasing to avoid leaving fingerprints on answer sheets. At Gideons Elementary, teachers sneaked tests off campus and held a weekend ‘changing party’ at a teacher’s home in Douglas County to fix answers”. Cheating and test alteration was an open policy at the schools, it was expected that teachers would engage in it and if they refused they were harassed by administrators. “Area superintendents enforced a code of silence. One made a whistleblower alter his reports of cheating and placed a reprimand in his file — and not the cheater’s. Another told a teacher who saw tampering that if she did not ‘keep her mouth shut,; she would ‘be

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