Students face long-term disadvantages when teachers cheat

May 1, 2016 by

When scores are artificially inflated, students lose access to resources they need.

Scandals involving cheating by administrators and educators have plagued a number of U.S. cities. Nashville schools, for example, had the veracity of their success questioned due to allegations of cheating when a group of whistleblower teachers told local media that certain worst-performing students were left out of reported overall test results. And notably, in Atlanta, a highly publicized cheating scandal led to the indictment of a dozen educators found guilty on conspiracy charges for changing student test scores. An NPR investigation into graduation rates found widespread cheating and score-inflating across the U.S.

Questions continue to hover around whether stakes related to standardized testing are too high. By tying scores to teacher evaluations, educators can be terminated when failing student performance leads to failing school designations. Educators have noted “current testing policies have created a climate where high scores must be acquired in any way possible.” At the same time, some cities have formalized their approach to possible cheating allegations; in New York City, a Department of Education task force was created to find and report incidents of cheating on the part of teachers and administrators.

Source: Students face long-term disadvantages when teachers cheat | Education Dive

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