Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It Never Pays to Cheat

at least if you are a teacher. Eleven teachers were convicted of racketeering in the Atlanta test cheating scandal.

Then-superintendent Beverly Hall, who was embroiled in the middle of this mess but resigned in 2010, died last month.

In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators.

More than 20 former school system employees took a plea deal, WGCL reported.

A state review had determined that some cheating had occurred in more than half the district's elementary and middle schools. About 180 teachers at 44 schools were implicated initially.

The cheating is believed to date back to early 2001, when scores on statewide skills tests began to turn around in the 50,000-student school district, according to the 2013 indictment.

This is what happens when there is so much pressure by politicians too ignorant to understand teaching, learning, and education. They want teachers to work miracles when in fact they have very little impact on student achievement.

Ditto for administrators, although it is a safe bet the teachers who cheated were threatened with termination if they didn't comply.

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