Eight former educators indicted in Atlanta’s sprawling cheating case have pleaded guilty in recent weeks, many of them admitting to lesser charges in exchange for their pleas.
A Fulton County, Ga., grand jury indicted 35 educators last spring—including Beverly Hall, the former superintendent—in a conspiracy case that accused them of changing students’ standardized-test scores or giving students answers in an attempt to enhance the district’s academic performance.
Ms. Hall, a former national superintendent of the year, still faces multiple criminal charges, including racketeering. Many of those who were charged received hundreds of thousands of dollars in performance bonuses that were based on the fraudulent scores.
A version of this article appeared in the January 08, 2014 edition of Education Week as Former Atlanta Educators Plead Guilty Over Cheating