Standardized Testing Pressure Has Led to Cheating Scandals
Cheating scandals have emerged in a number of places due to the enormous pressure on school districts, school administrators, and teachers to raise students' test scores to comply with higher benchmarks each year. In many school districts, schools and teachers have been given financial rewards for raising scores across classes and or across the school.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson reflects: Unhealthy Obsession with Testing Is Behind Rampant School Cheating.
FairTest documents instances of pressure-driven cheating in 37 states.
Recently publicized allegations of cheating in Washington, DC during the tenure of Michelle Rhee as chancellor.
- April, 2013: Charles Taylor Kerchner, Research Professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, declares D.C. Cheating Issue Calls Test-Driven Incentives into Question.
- April 25, 2013: Taking Note blog, John Merrow: Penetrating the Smokescreen
- April 13, 2013: NY Times reports, Hearing Set on Cheating Claim in Capital.
- April 12, 2013: MSNBC's Chris Hayes interviews John Merrow, PBS reporter on DC testing scandal.
- April 11, 2013: Taking Note blog, John Merrow: Michelle Rhee's Reign of Error
- John Merrow's January 8, 2013, PBS Frontline profile of former Washington, DC public school Chancellor Michelle Rhee, once again raised serious questions about the standardized test cheating scandal that was aleged during Rhee's tenure.
- February 10, 2013: Washington Post, Jay Mathews: Sad Failure of Two Inspectors General in D.C. Schools
- January 15, 2013: Taking Note blog, John Merrow: The Missing Memo
- January 9, 2013: Taking Note blog, John Merrow: Meet Adelle Cothorne
- January 10, 2013, Washington Post, Jay Mathews: D.C. Principal Slammed for Reporting Cheating
- January 9, 2013, Diane Ravitch: Expert: Why Cheating in DC Was Never Investigated
- January 8, 2013, Diane Ravitch: My Commentary on the PBS Rhee Special
- January 8, 2013: Furman University professor Paul Thomas critiques Frontline profile as uncritical of Rhee: Et tu Liberal Media?
- January 4, 2013, Washington Post, Emma Brown: 'Frontline' Raises Questions about Test-Score Tampering under Rhee