The Atlanta School Cheating Scandal -Quicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
|These letters to the editor from The NY Times are right on the nose. This one is the reality but blaming teachers is what the media does: "The Georgia investigators found that a primary cause of cheating was 'unreasonable' score targets coupled with 'unreasonable pressure on teachers and principals.' They concluded that 'meeting 'targets' by whatever means necessary became more important than true academic progress. Misusing standardized exams as the primary factor to make educational decisions encourages score manipulation. Campbell's Law predicted this result decades ago. It states, "The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures, and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."|
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