Sunday, July 10, 2011

Scholastic cheating saves newspapers ...


From Wonkette.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced this week that widespread cheating – not widespread learning – was the reason for inflated 2009 state standardized test scores in the Atlanta Public Schools. This is now the “largest known revelation of systematic test tampering in the history of U.S. public schools,” uncovered by a University of Pennsylvania School of Education report and Atlanta Journal Constitution investigation. And the fun doesn’t stop there!
The report paints a vivid picture of a culture where teachers were publicly humiliated or fired for underperformance, and whistleblowers faced more consternation than cheaters. For example, a group of teachers at Gideons Elementary School held a weekend “changing party” at a teacher’s home, where they systematically altered test answers to boost results.