Cheating on Standardized Tests

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Cheating on Standardized Tests
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:50am

Julie Rogers-Martin used to be seen as a model by administrators, but between 2007 and 2009 her colleagues' students becan to outperform hers on the standardized tests.

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:47am
Something similar just happened in a city near where I live. 17 teachers, including the school’s principal, have been placed on leave after education officials reviewed test sheets from last March’s Connecticut Mastery Test. After an initial review, officials found that some tests included incorrect answers that were erased and changed to the correct answer, which led to the suspension of 17 school personnel.
The school district is now scrambling to hire subs while the state looks into the scandal. They need to replace, at least temporarily, the principal and all the teachers who were possibly involved.
How stupid are they to think that they could have gotten away with this? This is a semi-urban school district with historically poor scores. Did they not think that people might give these scores increased scrutiny if they were markedly better all of a sudden?
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Registered: 01-30-2011
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 12:12pm
That's horrible that the principal tried to throw the teacher under the bus like that.

I'm not surprised at all that this has come out now. It has been going on for years. Last year, I had a principal verbally reprimand me b/c I failed to tell a student to change his wrong answer.

Some of the monitors are a joke too. I had one fall asleep in the back of the room. During her nap, I noticed a student had bubbled the wrong page on her answer sheet. The page she bubbled was for the following day's section. The monitor woke up just in time to see me telling the student to fix it.
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 1:43pm

What choice is anyone left with really. Children in poor urban environments, DONT COME TO SCHOOL regularly or on time, so they dont get the info and still have to test and they test poorly.

You lose money and eventually the schools close. So what's left to do but cheat. Now clearly you look stupid going from zero to a hundred in just one year, but people are desperate. I lose my job if they test too well, I lose my job if they dont test well, I lose my job if I'm not "effective" I lose my job if I am effective.

None of this surprises me because RICHER DISTRICTS CHEAT TOO BUT THEY DO IT IN THE RIGHT WAY FROM THE BEGINNING SO NO ONE IS SUSPICIOUS.

However you start is how you finish. In order to cheat and not raise suspicions, you must cheat from the get go. LOL. If you started out honest, stay honest, that way when the school does go down in flames, you can still walk out with your head high and say I gave it my best.

I had a partner who cheated and I didnt tell on her but I didnt allow people to give me any credit for our grade. Oh look at 4th grade the scores are so high. I'd say, NO THATS HER CLASS, my class scores are exactly where they need to be. A year of teaching, ONE YEAR OF GROWTH GAINED BY ALL STUDENTS.

I let her stand on that one ALL ALONE. You got 4th graders testing on a 9th grade level and you never see the child turn in one peace of homework, they are absent all the time, their report cards have C's and D's all over them, but they tested 5 grade levels above. NOPE something is wrong.

Anyway, you'll find that most people cheat to get ahead. Its not right or honest, but its the way of the world.

Ruth

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 6:03pm

I worked in a district where they had a sudden miraculous improvement after hiring a new admin.

Sherry