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Beverly Hall's statement: True or False?

ATLANTA -- Dr. Beverly Hall is still away on vacation, but last week the former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools issued a statement about the Governor's report into the CRTC cheating scandal. 11Alive News put that statement to the truth test and found some glaring inaccuracies. Hall's assessment of the progress made by students is much brighter than what we found.

It was this paragraph that we found riddled with errors:

Progress has been made, and continues to be made, in Atlanta's schools. Cheating on the CRCT in 2009 or earlier by no means undermines the clear indication of improvement shown by the annual testing of all segments of our student population as part of the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) performed and monitored independently by agents of the federal government's National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Only 35% of APS fourth- graders taking the TUDA reading assessment in 2003 scored at or above NAEP's level of proficiency. By 2009, that number had risen to 50%. In math, proficiency improved from 50% to 63%. Of the eighth-graders who were tested as part of the TUDA, 60% met or exceeded NAEP's reading proficiency standard in 2009, compared to only 42% in 2003, and they showed an 11% improvement in math proficiency over the same period.

We looked at the federal test scores and found the real numbers which are much lower. You can see for yourself to by clicking on the links below.

We believe Hall may have confused proficiency results with basic level results. However, when it came to the last statement that 8th graders' math improved 11 percent from 2003 to 2009, we don't know where she got her numbers from. The real improvement on proficiency is 83 percent. According the Federal Government's data, the proficiency level in 2003 for 8th grade math in Atlanta was 6 percent. In 2009, it was 11 percent. That's a difference of 5 percent or an 83 percent increase. You do the math.

Click on the links below to see the actual results. There is a drop down tab in the upper left to click on other years. In this case 2003 is the comparison year.

4th Graders Trial Urban District Assessment Reading Scores 2009

4th Graders Trial Urban District Assessment Math Scores 2009

8th Graders Trial Urban District Assessment Reading Scores 2009

8th Graders Trial Urban District Assessment Math Scores 2009