AFSA’s Response to Cheating in Georgia

On July 5, an investigation by the state of Georgia was released that uncovered numerous instances of cheating in Atlanta Public Schools. In response to the findings of the investigation, AFSA released this statement:

“Educators are not to blame for the situation in Atlanta. Rather, the cheating is a predictable product of an obsession with testing and misguided education reforms. The targets set by the districts are often unreasonable, with very high stakes attached to testing outcomes. This creates a culture of fear, intimidation and sanctions, which puts enormous pressure on teachers and principals to reach these targets. Sadly and in too many cases, the test results themselves have become the goal, rather than actual education progress. Principals and teachers need increased support and resources to improve academic achievement, when in most cases they are getting the exact opposite.”

To read more about the findings, click here.