Three former DeKalb administrators indicted Tuesday on charges they manipulated tests or attendance records harmed an untold number of students in an effort to meet academic goals, said DeKalb District Attorney Robert James.
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DeKalb vs. Atlanta: How the cheating cases differ
In late March, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta educators on charges they conspired to cheat on federally mandated standardized tests. Included were former Superintendent Beverly Hall and several top aides, who were charged with racketeering, theft, making false statements and false swearing. Hall has denied the charges, as have several top officials.
Unlike the Atlanta case, no conspiracy is alleged in DeKalb County, where Tuesday three educators were indicted on charges including public record fraud and forgery and in two cases, making false statements and/or writings. A 2010 DeKalb investigation uncovered numerous testing irregularities and resulted in the referral of 24 educators and five former employees to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which monitors the ethics of educators. At the time, DeKalb earned praise for its proactive handling of cheating concerns.
Agnes Flanagan, the former principal of Cedar Grove Middle School, is accused of telling teachings to change students’ answers on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Flanagan worked for the DeKalb school district from 1988 until 2012.
Angela Jennings, the former principal of Rock Chapel Elementary, allegedly changed students’ records to make it appear that they weren’t enrolled so that their 2010 test results wouldn’t weigh down school averages. Jennings was employed by DeKalb from 1992 through 2010.
Derrick Wooten, the former assistant principal at Stoneview Elementary, allegedly ordered teachers to record truant students as being present in 2010 and 2011 so the school might meet federal attendance guidelines. He was employed from 2007 to 2012.