Cheating on CRCT signals test’s high stakes

By Alan Judd – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A gathering at an Atlanta elementary school last summer planted the seeds for a cheating scandal.

Fifth-graders from five public schools had attended summer classes together at Deerwood Academy in southwestern Atlanta. Then they all had retaken the standardized test each had failed in the spring: the math portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT.

Officials from the five schools came to Deerwood to collect answer sheets from their respective students and send them off for automated grading. But state investigators say the test papers from one group of students apparently took a detour.

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