MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS | News
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.
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"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."
Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.
But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."
He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.
11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.
"In my experience, the sooner you take swift action on issues like that, the sooner you can get it behind you," he said.
"I would evaluate and make sure. If there are anomalies in data or something, you need to make sure you check it all out," he added when asked if there is anything he needs to do going forward.
Dr. Hinojosa has some critics in Cobb who've complained that he ran up a huge budget shortfall for schools in Dallas.
He said he learned from the experience and plans to keep the Cobb budget in line.