ATLANTA (WHAS11) – Teachers, principals and school administrators in Atlanta’s public school system are now facing charges because they allegedly changed student answers to improve scores on standardized tests.
Racketeering and theft are just some of the charges coming out of a three year investigation.
The educator in the most trouble is former district superintendent Beverly Hall.
She faces up to 45 years in prison because she allegedly gave bonuses to teachers who inflated test scores and firing those who wouldn’t play along.
“We were told that we needed to get the scores by any means necessary,” former teacher Sydney Fells said.
An Atlanta newspaper exposed the cheating several years ago when reporters found too many schools with 45 percent gains in just one year.