The nationwide cheating scandal occurring in a multitude of public schools arguably stems from the pressures of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.
In Atlanta, 178 public school teachers and principals have been accused of cheating to raise scores on state standardized tests.
In Washington, D.C. the U.S. Department of Education and the D.C. Office of the Inspector General are investigating similar allegations.
The Grio Reports:
Allegations of testing improprieties by teachers and administrators are spreading across public school districts, from Houston to Baltimore. Educators are accused of giving students inappropriate help and, in some cases, of changing students’ answers — all to raise their schools’ test scores.
The high-stakes tests are used to measure student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and schools’ annual progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. School funding, staff bonuses, and jobs often hinge on the scores.