CRCT Investigation Report: Kennedy Middle School | Schools
Kennedy Middle School
225 Griffin Street NW
Principal: Dr. Lucious Brown
Testing Coordinator: Tanya Green
SRT-1 Executive Director: Dr. Sharon Davis-Williams
ATLANTA -- More than half of Kennedy Middle 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 found "Principal Lucious Brown directed and participated in an organized scheme to erase and change students' test answer documents." While he answered an initial round of questions, when investigators subpoened him to ask him about the cheating, they said he refused and pleaded the Fifth Amendment. Their report also said, "Principal Brown intimidated witnesses in this investigation by requiring teachers and staff at Kennedy Middle School to meet with his personal criminal defense attorney at school, during school hours."
Just one educator confessed to cheating. In sworn testimony, other educators said they suspected it.
Teacher Michelle Hayes told investigators that "students who could not read would often meet or exceed expectations on their reading portion of the CRCT." When she asked the principal about it, she said she was transferred to another school. Fellow teacher Rosalin Triplett confirmed seeing the confrontation between Hayes and Brown and said she'd overheard students say they'd gotten help from their teacher on the standardized test.
In 29 of the 42 flagged classrooms, the chances of answers being changed without adult intervention were less than one in a million. In 10 of those classrooms, the chances were less than one in a trillion.
Brown, who has denied cheating, remains the principal at Kennedy Middle School.