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APS to unveil plan to help victims of cheating scandal

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Students start a new year at Boyd Elementary, one of two year-round schools included in the state report on APS cheating.

ATLANTA -- Members of the Atlanta Public School Board will meet on Monday to talk about how to identify and help students whose test answers were changed as part of a widespread cheating scandal.

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APS staff will present the board with a "Student Intervention Plan" during a work session starting at 2 p.m. The board could approve the plan during its full board meeting Monday night.

To date, Superintendent Erroll Davis has focused on punishing teachers and principals who cheated on the 2009 CRCTs. He has said it will be equally important to identify and provide remedial help to students who were cheated.

"I don't think a better option is to do nothing," Davis said during an interview with 11Alive News in July. "I don't think a better option is to continue forward not being at the appropriate level."

Parents are anxious for some real answers and an action plan for their children.

"My biggest concern is we have to catch him up," said Vernetta Nuriddin, who believes her son is one of the real victims of the cheating scandal. "Instead of thriving, we're maintaining grade level when he could be doing so much more."

Davis has shown concern for the students from the beginning.

In a videotaped statement posted on the school system's website on July 8, three days after the state cheating report was released, Davis said the following: "I am angered that our students and parents were misled by inaccurate test scores that misrepresent students' real proficiency, thus depriving them of the support they need and deserve."

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