CRCT Investigation Report: Slater Elementary School | Schools
Slater Elementary School
1320 Pryor Road
Principal: Dr. Selina Dukes-Walton
Testing Coordinator: Vanessa Jackson
SRT-2 Executive Director: Michael Pitts
ATLANTA -- The investigation into Atlanta Public Schools concluded that CRCT cheating occurred at Slater Elementary School in 2009.
Two teachers admitted to giving students answers to the test; Ellen Grant allowed students to go home, look up answers and then change their original choices the next day, while Nettie Walker simply told students the answers during the test and then erased any stray marks. (227)
A third teacher, Katrina Coleman, overheard principal Selina Dukes-Walton encouraging teachers to cheat. The principal created a humiliating environment by using "a PowerPoint presentation to list every teacher and their students' test scores" during a faculty meeting and preparing documents informing teachers how many students needed to meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT, according to the investigation.
Coleman even likened APS to an "organized crime family." (228)
Dukes-Walton denied any knowledge of cheating. Although she admitted that Slater Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2009, she could not explain why so many changes were made to students' answer sheets. (229)
The investigation concluded that Dukes-Walton should've known about the cheating after Grant and Walker admitted to it. The Governor's Special Investigators determined that the principal created an environment in which teachers felt enormous pressure to cheat.
Selina Dukes-Walton is still principal of Slater Elementary, according to the school's website.