Evidence of popular cheating has been found in Pennsylvania schools, the latest to join the dubious ranks of school systems rife with corruption. Standardized tests in 2009 were discovered to have been fixed by instructors in classrooms all over the state, including heavy concentrations of corrected answers from public schools in Philadelphia. Article source – Scandal unfolds as cheating discovered in Pennsylvania schools by Newsytype.com.
Most recent cheating scandal in Pennsylvania
Incentives were created for educators that do well, which includes increased results on tests, and punishments were created for instructors that got low-scores on tests with the No Kid Left Behind Act that put more weight on standardized test results when President George W. Bush signed it.
There have been many cheating scandals in public schools ever since the legislation was passed including the Atlanta school system. MSNBC reports that cheating occurred in 44 Atlanta public schools. There were 82 instructors and administrators that confessed to doing with a total of 178 that did do it. Cheating has occurred just like this on school tests in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia area, according to evidence. There is no chance that there wasn’t any cheating, as reported by the New York Times.
Obscure report breaks suit open
Dale Mezzacappa, an education reported that worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer once and for the Notebook now, which is news all about Pennsylvania public schools, was given a report on test results and possible cheating in April. The 2009 test scores were reviewed with the report. It was found that 89 schools, 28 of which were in Philadelphia, had posted unusually large gains in math and reading and abnormal amounts of erased responses, both of which are severe red flags. There was a 100 trillion to one odd that the tests were doctored. This was shown in data analysis.
The worst cheating is believed to have occurred at Chester Community Charter school. In 2009, 65.4 percent of Chester eighth grade students were proficient in math. The same number was much less in 2008. It was only at 22 percent. Ron Tomalis is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. He has ordered the 2010 and 2011 results to be analyzed.
Many incidents recognized
Experts believe that the number of cheating scandals suggests America’s public schools have a chronic problem. In Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, Texas and Colorado, there have been cheating scandals. They appear to be everywhere, the Norwich Bulletin explains. During Michelle Rhee’s reign, cheating even occurred in Washington D.C.
Critics argue that test performance incentives for teachers encourage cheating in under-performing classrooms. For instance, an Atlanta teacher muses about it on Soeducated.com, a post on CitizenEconomists argues those incentives will encourage cheating, and so does a blog post by Bob Sutton, a Management Science professor at Stanford University. New York City public schools, according to the New York Times, abandoned performance incentives for teachers recently because incentives were observed not to be ineffective.
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/education/01winerip.html?pagewanted=1,
Norwich Bulletin: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/Opinion/x2014919783/Guest-column-Why-cheat-Because-some-schools-must#axzz1To2hx2C1,
Citizen Economists: http://www.citizeneconomists.com/blogs/2011/07/22/incentives-matter/,
Bob Sutton BlogSpot: http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/winner-take-all-incentives-and-cheating.html,
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/education/18rand.html