One of the scourges of over-reliance on standardized testing to determine everything from school success, teacher performance and student mastery is the pressure it creates to cheat. Now Atlanta’s success story image is being undermined by evidence of widespread cheating.

“…criminal investigators began digging anew into accusations of widespread cheating on state standardized tests that had been plaguing the district for two years.”

“The allegations, which center on dozens of employees who are suspected of changing test answers to improve scores, have already been the focus of investigations by the state and the Atlanta school system that have cost more than $1 million.”

Read the NY Times article.