*(Via ajc.com) – Five Atlanta schools are being placed under state control based on evidence of years of test cheating, officials announced Wednesday.

Forty other Atlanta elementary and middle schools have been retroactively stripped of their federal academic standing for at least one year, also due to cheating. But that is not enough to warrant intervention by the state, said Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education.

But Parks Middle, Dobbs Elementary, Harper-Archer Middle, Kennedy Middle and Gideons Elementary all were found due to test cheating to have been improperly deemed to have met adequate yearly progress (AYP), a critical benchmark under the No Child Left Behind, for at least five years. The worst was Gideons, which the DOE had test cheating for 10 years and didn’t deserve AYP status for any of those years

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