CRCT Investigation Report: D.H. Stanton Elementary School | Schools
D.H. Stanton Elementary School
970 Martin Street
Principal: Willie Davenport
Testing Coordinator: Francis Mack
SRT-2 Executive Director: Michael Pitts
ATLANTA -- The investigation into Atlanta Public Schools concluded that CRCT cheating occurred at D.H. Stanton Elementary School in 2009.
According to the Governor's Special Investigators, who looked into the allegations, the cheating was discovered by Carmen Smith, the attendance clerk at Stanton Elementary.
Smith allegedly found tests and answer sheets spread out around testing coordinator Francis Mack's office. She reported this to principal Willie Davenport, who told her to gather up the tests, but by the time Smith returned to the office, the tests were gone. (169)
The clerk also confessed to altering students' attendance records, saying that Davenport threatened to fire her if she didn't.
The investigation stated that "Davenport created an atmosphere ripe for cheating by applying pressure on teachers to improve test scores." (169) Several teachers at Stanton said they believed that two colleagues, Valerie Hall and Erica Turman, helped Mack change students' answers when they stayed late after school during tests. (170)
Davenport denied the cheating entirely; Mack told investigators that she didn't change answers, but she "may have left early one day during test week" and left the answer sheets in her office, per Smith's testimony. (172) Hall and Turman both claimed not to know anything about the cheating.
Investigators concluded that Davenport created a hostile school environment by pressuring employees to change attendance records and test scores. The Stanton Elementary website says that Velva Bass is now principal of the school.