11Alive’s Brenda Wood spoke with Sen. Vincent Fort, and others about whether or not No Child Left Behind was to blame for Atlanta’s cheating scandal. Hat Tip: That’s Just Peachy
Jay Leno talks about it.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
“I think the broadest issue in the [Atlanta scandal] raises is why many school districts and states continue to have high-stakes testing without rigorous auditing or security procedures,” says Brian Jacob, director of the Center on Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan. “In some sense, this is one of the least worrisome problems in public education, because it’s fairly easy to fix. The more difficult and troubling behavior would be teaching to the test, which we think of as a lesser form of test manipulation, but which is much harder to detect, and could warp the education process in ways that we wouldn’t like.”
Ann Kane and M. Catharine Evans writing at The American Thinker, blame Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and Arnie Duncan for the scandal:
An oligarchy of high-powered individuals has been hard at work changing our country’s public schools. The elite financiers are inextricably linked to Duncan’s DOE and may have to answer for their part in the cheating scandals sweeping across the nation.
There are a lot of problems with NCLB but we do need accountability and a way to measure what students are learning. I think it would be a mistake to toss out the CRCT because of the APS cheating scandal. Let’s take the suggestion of Brian Jacob and look at security and auditing procedures associated with CRCT. While there are an alarming number of cheating scandals around the country, not everybody is doing it. Many school districts responded to so-called high stakes testing by getting better, which is what we want and helps students.