CRCT Investigation Report: Benteen Elementary School | Schools
Benteen Elementary School
200 Cassanova Street
Principal: Dr. Diana Quisenberry
Testing Coordinator: Theresia Copeland
SRT-2 Executive Director: Michael Pitts
ATLANTA -- The Governor's Special Investigators who looked into allegations of CRCT cheating in Atlanta Public Schools concluded that cheating occurred at Benteen Elementary in 2009.
More than 43 percent of the school's classrooms were flagged for "wrong-to-right erasures" in 2009, according to the report published Tuesday. When state monitors were present during testing in 2010, that number fell to zero percent. (208)
Several teachers testified that they saw testing coordinator Theresia Copeland take CRCT booklets and answer sheets out of a "secured" vault in her office when it wasn't time for testing. Copeland denied cheating, as did Benteen math coach Marty Cummings, who held Copeland administer the test. (213)
The report states that Copeland, Cummings and principal Diana Quisenberry also "took students who had been identified as likely to fail the CRCT out of class for 'tutorial sessions.' Students who were tutored later told their teachers that they had seen all of the CRCT questions in these sessions." (209)
In May 2009, a teacher at Benteen reported cheating, saying that children who slept through the CRCT or answered very few questions still earned high scores. APS hired attorney Penn Payne to investigate. Due to receiving "a large amount of inconsistent, contradictory, and uncorroborated information," Payne couldn't reach any immediate conclusions about changing answers, but said "it was possible Copeland, Cummings and Principal Quisenberry cheated." (213)
Investigators concluded that Copeland changed students' answers on the CRCT and that Quisenberry "failed in her responsibility for testing activities" for allowing the cheating to occur. (214)
Quisenberry is still listed as principal of Benteen Elementary on the school's website.