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The huge standardized test cheating scandal in Atlanta — and beyond. Teachers cheating to bump up student scores. Why, and what it says about the state of American education.
Shame and outrage over the Atlanta Public Schools last week, as a big state investigation laid out findings of massive, systemic cheating –- by teachers.
Teachers changing student scores on standardized tests, to make their schools look better than they were.
Not subtle cheating, but gross, flagrant, eraser-on-the-page cheating. Weekend pizza parties where teachers went through stacks of standardized tests, erasing wrong answers, filling in right ones.
And there’s evidence this hasn’t only happened in Atlanta.
This hour On Point: testing, American education, and the message in the cheating.
Alan Judd, reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, mother of four children, ranging from 9 to 18, all of whom have been in the Atlanta Public Schools system.
Greg Toppo, K-12 education reporter for USA Today.
Daniel Koretz, professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can read an article based on his book Measuring Up here.
From Tom's Reading List:
- USA Today: "A USA TODAY investigation, based on documents and data secured under D.C.'s Freedom of Information Act, found that for the past three school years most of Noyes' classrooms had extraordinarily high numbers of erasures on standardized tests. The consistent pattern was that wrong answers were erased and changed to right ones."
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Here's a video report on the Atlanta scandal:
This program aired on July 11, 2011.
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