Educator Cheating on No Child Left Behind Tests
Can We Stop It?
An astonishing amount of cheating is taking place on the tests that measure progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. And the cheating I’m referring to isn’t coming from the kids.
It’s rare for a week to go by lately without encountering one or more news reports describing how educators have been caught cheating on their states’ federally mandated tests. Much of this reported cheating stems from the actions of school or district administrators. But a number of classroom teachers have also been identified as benders and breakers of the No Child Left Behind tests’ rules.
The specifics of educator cheating vary from setting to setting. In some instances, we see teachers allowing students more than the allotted testing time. Even worse, some reports have teachers supplying students with heavy-handed hints about which answers are correct during a test’s administration. We also see test-preparation sessions featuring actual test items, copied surreptitiously from a supposedly secure form of the exam. The most egregious instances of cheating arise when administrators conspiratorially erase incorrect responses on students’ answer sheets, then substitute correct responses—sometimes supplying literally thousands...
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