cheating data suspect

CHEATING DATA SUSPECT? Data wizard, Gary Miron, professor of education at Western Michigan University, raises questions about the methodologies behind the allegations of cheating on tests included in a report last Sunday in The Atlantic Journal-Constitution. We'd agree with the quiet consensus that high-stakes testing catalyzes activities that don't promote learning. Miron's deepest concern: "Students are being cheated of a broader education that emphasizes a balance of creativity, extracurricular activities, foreign languages, higher math and science skills and other opportunities due to the overemphasis on testing for basic math and reading." Final capstone: fresh data here on the percentage of schools with art programs.

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