Atlanta Test Score Investigation: A Statement from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

ARLINGTON, VA. July 14, 2011 - At its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting yesterday, the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) considered the recently released report of the Georgia governor's investigative team concerned with the allegations of misconduct in the reporting of standardized test scores in the Atlanta Public Schools. We respect the breadth of the investigation and are gravely concerned by its findings. AASA does not condone any type of cheating or unethical behavior.

In recent days there have been calls to AASA to rescind the honor we bestowed on Dr. Beverly Hall as the 2009 National Superintendent of the Year. The AASA Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the organization, is determined to protect the integrity of the association and to uphold the principles it espouses, including honesty and transparency in school management.

AASA has no jurisdiction over the Governor's commission nor over any further proceedings that may emanate from the commission's findings. AASA wishes to respect the integrity of the investigative and legal systems of the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia as it runs its course.

 

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