Atlanta Public Schools ain’t so hot after all

Why isn’t this a surprise?

Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.

Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.

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 in poor children’s ability to learn.

For years — as long as a decade — this was how the Atlanta school district produced gains on state curriculum tests. The scores soared so dramatically they brought national acclaim to Hall and the district, according to an investigative report released Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

National acclaim for cheaters. Maybe Joe Biden delivered the award?

These kids have been cheated. Robbed of an education. But the union shills still got their loyal dues.

Read Backyard Conservative: “APS is run like the mob.”

Ready to homeschool yet?

UPDATES: Linked by Pundette. Thanks! Read Teachers in Atlanta work their fingers to the bone. White gloves and erasers. Incredible.

Also, Kevin McCullough at Hot Air:

The improved scores and seemed improvements of the children had caused others to point to APS as a model for how to base other inner city/large urban schools systems should operate.

Exit question: how many other inner city/large urban school systems DO operate this way? At least we know Detroit doesn’t bother bubbling in the correct ovals, right?

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6 Responses

  1. […] positive results. Scaffold the lessons and support deficiences? Isn’t that what they did in Atlanta? Do you just supply a table for kids to look up the answer or a calculator. I’m not sure […]

  2. It is amazing to me that this goes on. Part of this is Bush’s fault with no child left behind. It encouraged this type of behavior by putting too much emphasis on test scores to get federal money. That needs to put into the trash compactor and quickly.

    We have to start giving parents choices. Not everyone can homeschool. Vouchers will give kids a better education and it will improve the public school system when they are forced to compete for the students.

    • Agreed re vouchers. Good schools exist, but are too few and far between. I taught at a charter–and I would send my kid there. That said, no amount of vouchers could pull the number of kids necessary out of learning-bankrupt schools. So where does it start? NCLB has flaws. But how should schools be held accountable?

      • I disagree that vouchers wouldn’t work for everyone. Public schools would improve when vouchers were done nationwide. It may be a slow process, but it would improve all the same. DC is proof of that. The public school systems immediately put into place measures to make the school a more attractive choice for the voucher money. The public schools where I live are not perfect, but they are not bad. I still don’t send Simon to one, but I know that in a pinch I could. But, you have a better background in this area than I, so I will defer to your judgement.

      • You’re right re DC-vouchers have improved the situation. I just don’t think enough private schools *exist* nationwide to give every child the option. Not every kid in DC gets a voucher. Districts need to be privatized and de-unionized. There is no other way. If the unions were kicked out completely, then public schools would have a fighting chance to improve. When I taught at a charter, it was a “right to work” workplace, as it should be: bad teachers were given opportunity to improve. Those that didn’t were canned. Period. One bad teacher has too much influence over the course of a year: if each of the 30 kids in the class “loses” a year of instruction, the results are disasterous and multiply each year thereafter.

  3. Thanks for the links.

    Yeah, they had cheating parties. The NEA model

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