Mar 27, 2012

CHEATING: Another reason why playing blame games doesn’t result in great learning: On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published a detailed report about suspicious test results from schools around the U.S., based on data from 69,000 public schools. It doesn’t “prove” cheating. But the paper identified 196 districts where shifts in test scores were so signficant that the odds they happened without test tampering were one in 1,000. “For 33 of those districts, the odds were worse than one in a million,” the paper reports. Key quote from the paper: “‘We are putting way too much pressure on people to raise scores at a very large clip without holding them accountable for how they are doing it,’ said Daniel Koretz, a Harvard Graduate School of Education testing expert.”

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