Teacher accused of dating student adminstrator
The Atlanta cheating scandal also offers the first most comprehensive view yet into a growing number of teacher-cheating allegations across the US, reports of which reached a rate of two to three a week in June, says Robert Schaeffer, a spokesman for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which advocates against high-stakes testing.It's also a tacit indictment, critics say, of politicians putting all bets for improving education onto high-stakes tests that punish and reward students, teachers, and principals for test scores."When test scores are all that matter, some educators feel pressured to get the scores they need by hook or by crook," says Mr. "The higher the stakes, the greater the incentive to manipulate, to cheat."Cheating in Atlanta Public Schools The 55,000-student Atlanta public school system rose in national prominence during the 2000s, as test scores steadily rose and the district received notice and funding from the Broad Foundation and the Gates Foundation.Blue Springs School District officials have not described the reasons for Green’s departure in 2009.In Green’s years at Blue Springs South and previous schools, no allegations publicly surfaced against him.She has not been directly implicated, but investigators said she likely knew, or should have known, what was going on.In her farewell address to teachers in June, Hall for the first time acknowledged wrongdoing in the district, but blamed other administrators.
In general, a resignation and a move to a position of less status in another district is a sign of some form of trouble, said Patrick Layden, a field manager in the St.
Investigations by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and state investigators found a pattern consistent with other cheating scandals: a spike in test scores in one critical grade would be followed by an equally dramatic drop the next year.
A USA Today investigation in March found that erasure data in six states and the District of Columbia showed these "abnormal patterns," according to testing expert Thomas Haladyna at Arizona State University.
The more difficult and troubling behavior would be teaching to the test, which we think of as a lesser form of test manipulation, but which is much harder to detect, and could warp the education process in ways that we wouldn't like."In response to cheating scandals, some states and school districts have instituted tougher test-auditing standards, employing software that analyzes erasure rates and patterns.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is reforming NCLB to reduce pressure on teachers and principals.