AJC: Former Atlanta Teacher Admits Cheating On Standardized Tests (VIDEO)

Source: Mark Niesse and Bill Rankin / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A former Atlanta third grade teacher tearfully testified Monday that she gave in to pressure from an administrator to cheat on standardized tests.

Stacey Smith, who taught at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary School, said testing coordinator Donald Bullock dropped off test booklets at the end of a day when students had been taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 2009.

“He came to me and asked me if I wanted to make sure my children did well on the test,” Smith said. “I didn’t want to lose my job. I was told that I was not a tenured teacher, that I could be replaced at any moment.”

Smith was a witness in the trial of Tamara Cotman, a formerAtlanta Public Schools area director who is the first defendant to go to trial for cheating.

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