Teachers, administrators cheating everywhere
It seems like everywhere I turn I’m reading about educators connected to cheating scandals.
This story in USA Today deals with a former national Principal of the Year, who resigned in connection with a case of alleged cheating and grade-tampering.
Last March, I wrote a story about the Maryland State Department of Education’s efforts to ensure security of the Maryland State Assessments when it randomly dispatched monitors to 45 schools.
The action dovetailed with reports of cheating the year before in Carroll and Charles counties.
Surrounding states were no different.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education sent out monitors to 3,120 schools last year -- for the first time -- to observe the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. The New Jersey Department of Education, ripe with its own cheating scandals, increased its monitors by an undisclosed number. And the District of Columbia public school system used additional monitors.
State assessment tests have added weight because of the federal No Child Left Behind Law, which requires schools to increase assessment test scores each year.
Experts say that the added emphasis placed on assessment tests has led to some of the cheating.
What do you think? Are the pressures caused by NCLB to blame for the improprieties?