It will cost more for schools to measure students’ graduation readiness next year. “Whatever we do, there is going to be an increased expense with the assessment,” said Melissa Fincher, the associate superintendent for assessment and accountability at the Georgia Department of Education.
A national test says Georgia’s fourth graders are doing better at math than ever before. But eighth grade math score remain flat, and fourth and eighth grade reading scores improved only slightly since 2009.
State investigators say at least 10 educators in Dougherty County Schools have confessed to cheating on standardized tests. Special investigators were appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in August 2010 to look into possible cheating the previous year in the Atlanta and Dougherty County school systems.