In her first official television interview since investigators uncovered one of the largest cheating scandals in public school history, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall said she takes responsibility for not recognizing the need for heightened test security, but doesn’t acknowledge personal accountability for the individual cheating teachers or the scandal as a whole, NBC reports.

“I can’t make you cheat. Nothing that I could ask of you … would be an excuse for you to cheat,” Hall told NBC’s Harry Smith on Rock Center. “We did not emphasize testing at the expense of integrity.”

Over the summer, findings from a two-year investigation found widespread cheating among at least 44 Atlanta schools and implicated 178 educators involved in test tampering, including erasing students’ incorrect answers on standardized tests and replacing them with correct ones…

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