Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Standardized Testing Gone Wild

Hang 'em High Edition:

Atlanta Public Schools is taking steps to fire five teachers implicated in a widespread test-cheating scandal, joining 11 others targeted for termination earlier this month.

After months of delay and millions spent in payroll and legal expenses, the district is trying to get educators accused of cheating off the payroll. APS has sent out a total of 16 “charge letters,” notifying teachers of the intent to fire them and explaining the reasons why.

APS is paying $1 million a month to about 110 educators accused of cheating who remain on leave, but the system is trying to resolve the cases by the end of the school year.

Funny, but no one will admit, and the paper refuses to publish, how many millions of dollars the state has shelled out investigating this so-called crime of the century.

Superintendent Erroll Davis said the district is making progress. “Everyone is resigning before the hearing starts,” he said. “These are the easier cases. These are the cases where we have confessions and multiple witnesses. I suspect some cases are going to take a little longer, but we will see.”

A state investigation released in July uncovered evidence of cheating at 44 schools on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, a standardized test that’s a pivotal measure of a school’s achievement. About 180 educators were implicated in the report; about 70 have left the district.

And the Weekly Reader, er, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is going to make sure the other 110 get run, come hell or high water. I'm sure they will shame them by publishing their names, addresses and Google Earth locations in future editions.

Bravo, Weekly Reader. You're really learnin' them teachers a lesson.

Up Next: "Deep Throat" takes us inside the dark, secret, criminal world of erasure tampering.

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