PHILADELPHIA — After the recent school cheating scandals in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., The Notebook, an education journal, has spoken to a teacher who admitted to helping students cheat on mandated state standardized tests.
This teacher, a middle-aged White woman who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, told a story of tangled motivations and constant stress. At the end of it all, she said, she had trouble recognizing herself.
The intense pressure from administrators to raise scores at her former school did indeed contribute to her cheating, she claimed:
Because her students were so unprepared and the tests so unfair, she believed the whole endeavor was a farce. Given that, she viewed encouraging her students to take the tests seriously as a betrayal of their trust.