Quite to the contrary, I believe the problem is with school administrators: principal, vice principals, etc. who have no clear vision of what they are doing. One honest vice principal once said to me "How am I supposed to evaluate you, who have been in the classroom for nine years. I was in a classroom for three years, jumped at the chance to earn a master's degree in administration and here I am in position to judge teachers."
Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One teacher told...
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