High Stakes Testing and Ethics

Hearing the words “cheating” and “testing” in the same sentence has not become an uncommon occurrence.  The question that one could ask is why?  The city and teachers in the Atlanta Public School System have been used as an example as to “what not to do.”  Is it happening in other places?  Sure.  But does it have to be?  No.  The pressure that is laid on teachers and school systems to perform successfully on standardized tests often cause good people to do bad things.  To be successful, achieve good scores and excellent graduation rates is the goal.  If the Atlanta school system was successful with their cheating, would they still be considered unethical? Student learning and teacher educating seems to no longer be the focus.  The focus seems to be about coming out on top.  Where is the ethics in that?


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