Baltimore should take notes from D.C.'s massive cheating scandal
Our editorial board weighed in today on the recent USA Today investigation that revealed a high number of erasure marks on standardized test booklets in D.C. public schools--particularly in schools that had seen notable gains in test scores.
While Baltimore has experienced a similar situation in at least one school, though not to the degree found in D.C., our editorial board concluded that city school officials would be wise to take their initiatives to detect possible cheating a step further as a result of what's been revealed about our neighbors to the south.
City schools officials have boasted about revving up their monitoring efforts during testing--spending $320,000 to place monitors in every school during the MSAs this year--but is that enough?
Our editorial board weighed in on that question, concluding: "We hope Baltimore will never have to endure the kind of testing scandal Washington’s school system is currently facing. But that won’t come from resting on its laurels and assuming enhanced monitoring means it can’t happen here. Baltimore should continue to monitor erasure patterns and to make that information available to the public. We have no reason to suspect that the gains shown here aren’t genuine, and publishing that information would serve only to eliminate any possibility of suspicion."
Do you agree?