CRCT Investigation Report: Finch Elementary School | Schools
Finch Elementary School
1114 Avon Avenue
Principal: Dr. Linda Paden
Testing Coordinator: Sheila Maxwell
SRT-1 Executive Director: Dr. Sharon Davis-Williams
ATLANTA -- The Governor's Special Investigators who looked into allegations of CRCT cheating concluded that "wrong-to-right erasures" took place at Finch Elementary in 2009.
Teachers Danielle Jackson, Richanda Williams and Ashley Daniel confessed to cheating. Daniel told investigators she thought more teachers were erasing answers.
Jackson claimed that she only helped students who were having difficulty and was instructed to "reiterate teaching points" throughout the duration of the test to struggling students.
According to the report released Tuesday, most Finch teachers denied changing students' answers. However, investigators concluded that at least four more teachers cheated.
A number of teachers claimed that principal Linda Paden stressed the need to “move children along” and placed a lot of pressure on teachers to meet targets. Paden told investigators that she was unaware of cheating at Finch.
Paden is still principal of Finch Elementary, according to the school's website.