Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wow! I cannot even imagine this happening at my child's school, but I am not surprised it's happening at some schools across the country. When kids don't perform well, schools lose money. They need the money to pay salaries and for necessites for the kids. It's not like the public schools have a ton of extra money. It just seems like a vicious cycle to me. It's too bad someone would decide to cheat in order to get the scores they need from the students.
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:
A public elementary school in Texas that was given “exemplary” status for student achievement only taught reading and math to third graders last year and made up grades for each student in social studies, science, music and other subjects.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Roslyn Carter, principal of Field Elementary School, has been placed on paid administrative leave after investigators from the Dallas Independent School District investigators uncovered falsified grades for third-grade students during the 2010-11 school year.
A report by the investigators said that Carter was essentially obsessed with ensuring that students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. For the past two years Field has earned the state’s highest school rating, “exemplary,” in part based on the results of the test. Third-graders take the math and reading portions of the assessment.
The incident is just the latest in a string of scandals around the country involving cheating by teachers and principals designed to lift standardized test scores.
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