The national spotlight on Atlanta’s school-cheating scandal has caused other school districts to take stock and begin taking action to prevent such widespread cheating in their schools. Testing leaders in districts around Georgia said that while the case for alarm in most of the state wasn’t as great, Atlanta’s crisis does provide an incentive for refining their own test security procedures and for re-training their employees.
Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.
Perdue said Friday that former DeKalb County district attorney Bob Wilson and former attorney general Mike Bowers will launch a probe into accusations that educators changed students' tests in Atlanta Public Schools and Dougherty County schools in spring 2009.