Twelve DeKalb County schools had educators removed from the classroom as part of a CRCT cheating investigation last week.
The list of impacted schools, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday, includes: Cedar Grove, Stoneview, Medlock, Woodbridge, Glen Haven, Rainbow, Shadow Rock, Avondale and Oak View elementary schools. It also includes three middle schools: Cedar Grove, Tucker and Salem.
The AJC reported last week that interim superintendent Ramona Tyson removed 24 educators – principals, assistant principals and teachers – from the classroom as part of an investigation into cheating on the April 2009 CRCTs.
School officials declined to release those individuals’ names or their schools last week. At the time, school officials said nine schools were impacted but on Tuesday, district spokesman Walter Woods said the district miscounted and 12 schools are involved.
After receiving complaints from the AJC and other media, the county attorney general instructed DeKalb schools to release the names of those schools, Woods said.
School officials caution that staff moves are made every year and that if a teacher is removed from a school, no inference can be made that testing irregularities occurred at that school.
The 24 educators, along with five others who are no longer working in DeKalb, have also been referred to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to investigate their teaching certification. The 24 educators are currently doing administrative work outside the classroom.
The DeKalb district attorney’s office is also investigating and could file criminal charges.
DeKalb launched its internal investigation last year after the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement found a high number of erasures on the April 2009 CRCTs.
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