Wed., April 20, 2011 4:10pm (EDT)

GBI Focusing On Atlanta Test Cheating
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Students in first through eighth grades take the test to gauge their learning levels. (photo Judy Baxter)
Students in first through eighth grades take the test to gauge their learning levels. (photo Judy Baxter)
Several Georgia school systems face scrutiny for possible cheating on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently only looking into laws broken in the Atlanta Public School system.

GBI spokesman Mike Fordham would not speculate as to whether there are plans to send agents into Dougherty, Richmond or Glynn Counties. However, Fordham says that does not rule out future visits. A high number of erasure marks on the counties’ 2009 CRCT tests raised flags.

Authorities suspected teachers or administrators of erasing students’ incorrect answers in order to meet state standards.

Students in first through eighth grades take the test to gauge their learning levels.

Schools can face sanctions if students do not show improvement on the test. Some systems boosted security this month as students took this year’s test.