When teachers help students during state tests, they’re likely to get away with cheating, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Teachers have helped students cheat on California’s high-stakes achievement tests — or blundered badly enough to compromise their validity — in at least 123 public schools since 2004, a Chronicle review of documents shows.
Schools admitted outright cheating in about two-thirds of the cases. And while the number reporting problems represents a small fraction of the state’s 9,468 public schools, some experts think the practice of cooking the test results is more widespread.
That’s because the California Department of Education relies on schools to come forward voluntarily, and to investigate themselves when a potential problem is flagged.
The state suspects cheating when a large number of wrong answers are erased and replaced with correct answers but other forms of cheating are easier to get away with.
Half of undergrads admit to serious cheating, writes Charlotte Allen in Opinion Journal.