Ex-testing director guilty in test cheating case

10:44 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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Lera Middlebrooks (Courtesy of Fulton County Sheriff)

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a former testing coordinator has pleaded guilty in a district-wide cheating conspiracy.

District Attorney's spokeswoman, Yvette Jones, says Lera Middlebrooks pleaded guilty to obstruction Wednesday.

Jones says Middlebrooks gave Dunbar Elementary School teachers access to students' completed CRCT exam answer sheets so they could change incorrect answers.

Middlebrooks says she helped educators cheat because of pressure that was placed on her by school administrators to meet academic targets that translated to bonuses and other incentives for school districts.

Middlebrooks also admitted to telling other teachers not to pass information about her along to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Middlebrooks was sentenced to a year of probation and Jones says six of the 35 people indicted in the case have now pleaded guilty.

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