In Pennsylvania, Suspicious Erasing on State Exams at 89 Schools

In April, Dale Mezzacappa attended a panel discussion on cheating sponsored by the Education Writers Association. At the time, she was one of three staff reporters for The Notebook, a community newspaper and Web site that covers the Philadelphia public schools. Full Story »

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by Kristin Gorski - Aug. 2, 2011

Philadelphia joins the list of U.S. public school districts where revelations of standardized-test cheating by teachers and administration have recently come to light. This article puts it into context a bit, but a deeper look and more thorough investigation is needed to help uncover why these illegal, unethical and ultimately harmful situations repeat.

The focus on high-stakes testing seems to have thrown districts into crisis mode, resulting in desperate acts. If scores aren't shown to improve, then districts lose funds. If the districts lose funds, they have to make budget cuts which will ultimately make it harder to provide a quality education to students. It is an impossible situation. Once again, it is shown that receiving a high test score doesn't mean that a student has mastered important skills that will prepare them for ... More »

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by Janet Mays - Aug. 3, 2011

Yes, and school having to forged acadamic achievements is wrong and criminal.

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