CRCT Investigation Report: Dunbar Elementary School | Schools
Dunbar Elementary School
403 Richardson Street SW
Principal: Betty Greene
Testing Coordinator: Lera Middlebrooks
SRT-2 Executive Director: Michael Pitts
ATLANTA -- Nearly 70 percent of Dunbar Elementary School's classrooms were flagged for cheating on the 2009 CRCT, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Special investigators first appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue identified testing coordinator Lera Middlebrooks as a key player in the cheating. In sworn testimony, teachers said Middlebrooks would call them to the computer lab by grade level to "clean up" students' tests. Afterwards, teacher Rose Neal told investigators Middlebrooks would threaten anyone who might tie her to cheating, saying she'd "place a lien on their house or 'get them at their car.'"
Fellow teacher Jonathan Baggett told investigators that someone said, "What happens at Dunbar stays at Dunbar . . . you wouldn't believe what goes on here."
Just one educator confessed to cheating. Middlebrooks has denied any knowledge of it.
In all 35 flagged classrooms, the chances of answers being changed without adult intervention were less than one in a million.