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.


Washington, D.C.

Recently publicized allegations of cheating  in Washington, DC during the tenure of Michelle Rhee as chancellor.