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GSU Details Impact Of APS Cheating Scandal On Students

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal adversely impacted students, according to a recent study by researchers at Georgia State University.
The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal adversely impacted students, according to a recent study by researchers at Georgia State University.
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GSU researcher Tim Sass discussed on ''A Closer Look'' a report on the impact of the APS cheating scandal on students whose test scores were changed.

Atlanta Public School students, whose test scores were changed by teachers resulting in one of the largest school cheating scandals in U.S. history, were academically impacted by the cheating.

That’s the conclusion of a recent report by Georgia State University.

GSU researchers studied 3,700 students affected by the scandal and found they lagged behind in reading and English for several years compared to their peers, whose tests were not manipulated.

The lead researcher in the study, Tim Sass, a professor with GSU’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, said the difference was not as big in math. Sass also said the discrepancy in math grades did not worsen as the students grew older, as they did in reading.

Researchers looked at a wide variety of information before drawing their conclusions.

“We compiled individual student records for years, different types of information, their test scores, attendance, behavior and so forth,” Sass said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Sass discussed the report, the APS cheating scandal’s impact on students, and more on “A Closer Look.”

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