The cheating was apparently managed by superintendent Beverly Hall, who was known as a tough leader who demanded that teachers and principal perform. Teachers whose classes did not meet standardized test targets were fired. Hall received more than $500,00 in bonuses over 10 years that were tied to increased test scores.
According to the indictment, the indicted educators "conspired to either cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistle-blowers in an effort to bolster scores for the benefit of [personal] financial rewards associated with high test scores." It was a shocking performance.
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