ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The state unveiled results of an audit Wednesday that shows possible widespread tampering of the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests.
The Dougherty County School System is one of the worst offenders.
Principals at the schools in question are upset about the scandal. Alice Coachman Elementary School won a national Blue Ribbon award. The award considered the highest honor a school can achieve, and is based partly on the academic success of its students.
Alice Coachman is one of the schools the state has "severe concern" about, 31.7 percent of the school's classrooms had suspiciously high numbers of changed answers.
The Principal said she welcomes the state's investigation, and whatever punishment is handed down.
"They know they would be sanctioned, I don't think anyone would put their livelihood on the line to do something like that, I love this system, I think they love this system but I think they love themselves more," Pat Victor, Alice Coachman Elementary Principal.
Victor showed us where CRCT scores from this year actually dropped, and said the lower numbers do not support the cheating allegations.