A recent NPRED story looks at the fallout of a cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools. In 2001, scores on statewide tests across Atlanta began improving greatly. The superintendent, Beverly Hall, was hailed as a highly effective reformer, winning National Superintendent of the Year in 2009.
Then it all came crashing down. A report ordered by Georgia's governor found, based on score anomalies, that some form of cheating occurred in more than half the district's elementary and middle schools.
Thirty-five educators were indicted in 2013 on federal racketeering and other charges; most took a plea deal. Eleven were later convicted.
That was the end, as far as the rest of the country was concerned. But for students, the story was just beginning.
The scandal left in its wake the huge question of what to do about children passed on from grade to grade with artificially inflated test scores.
Atlanta Public Schools identified the students, but then had to to decide how best to help them. The answer wasn't obvious, because the effects of the scandal were potentially complex — academic, social and emotional.
But Communities In Schools of Atlanta proved to be part of the solution. Read more from NPR reporter, Anya Kamenetz.