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Test Results Thrown Out in 3 DC Classrooms Because of Alleged Cheating (teachers accused)
My Fox DC ^ | 5/19/11 | BOB BARNARD

Posted on 05/21/2011 5:45:11 AM PDT by Libloather

Test Results Thrown Out in 3 DC Classrooms Because of Alleged Cheating
By BOB BARNARD/myfoxdc
Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON - There is more fallout from the standardized test score scandal rocking D.C. Public Schools. Three elementary school teachers are now accused or suspected of cheating.

At issue is the 2010 DC Comprehensive Assessment System or CAS Test.

Three classrooms (out of 3,800 across the city) just had test results thrown out because of alleged cheating.

"At one [classroom], there was clear evidence of cheating and the teacher admitted it," says D.C. State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley. "In the other two, there was a suspicion of cheating. But because we take test security so seriously, we decided to invalidate those test scores as well."

She would not name the three schools involved, but sources tell FOX 5 they are C.W. Harris, Leckie and Noyes Elementary Schools.

One teacher has been dismissed. The other two are being disciplined.

"There's a lot of pressure," Mahaley says. "And I believe that most teachers want to do the right thing and sometimes just in the interest of trying to be helpful to children, a teacher may do something that may not be appropriate."

Their union president says teachers are under a great deal of pressure when it comes to testing.

"Unfortunately, some individuals will consider an option of cheating," says Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders. "Not only is the teacher evaluation based on it to a large degree, but there's also compensation. If the grades go up, then you'll get an additional compensation."

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxdc.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; cheating; dc; school; test
Teachin' 'em real good.
1 posted on 05/21/2011 5:45:14 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Make DC the 57th State!


2 posted on 05/21/2011 5:46:24 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Libloather
...in the interest of trying to be helpful to children, a teacher may do something that may not be appropriate."

Cheating - do it for the children.

Sigh

3 posted on 05/21/2011 5:57:47 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (What do we do after reelection? The $1,000,000,000.00 fix is in.)
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To: Libloather

They use cheating as an excuse to exclude the school’s scores from the district stats. There’s federal money involved.


4 posted on 05/21/2011 5:59:47 AM PDT by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Wait until the new teacher and principal evaluations take effect in NY state whereby teachers will be evaluated by the test outcomes of their students by as much as 40% of their overall performance. They will collaborate to cheat or the unions will balk and the tests won't even be given. Race to the Top is really a race to the money and a nationalized curriculum. Arne Duncan and “The Won” have purchased the NEA and the AFT; if Bush had proposed this then we would have had massive walkouts similar to that of the whiners in Wisconsin only on a scale that would rival the protest in Libya. Education has sold it's soul at the alter of political expedience to gain more power, maintain the status quo, grab more money to feather the beds of union bosses, and keep the incompetent teachers in the classroom. The children are USED to forward their agenda.
5 posted on 05/21/2011 6:20:58 AM PDT by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: Libloather
So this is what we get for trying to enforce some kind of standards on the educational "product" of our government-run schools. A complete breakdown of the educational system, the willful destruction of the integrity of education, for the purpose of helping some mental duds keep their seats on the gravy train.

Instead of teaching children useful knowledge and skills, they teach them that it's OK to cheat to get what you want.

Thank you, Jimmy Carter, for the Department of Education. Another scar from his depressing and lamentable term in office.

6 posted on 05/21/2011 6:31:42 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Libloather

Well of course the teachers are going to help the kids cheat. They want to look good and they don’t want to lose their jobs. Do DC teachers get merit pay at all?


7 posted on 05/21/2011 6:37:59 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: metmom

Here’s another one, you know what to do.


8 posted on 05/21/2011 6:46:02 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: MsLady

Didn’t they just fire the one person interested in making things better in DC? The new mayor canned her as soon as he was elected and all the incompetent teachers fired came back as promised. You just can’t make this stuff up. Some people just do not care about kids. They care about themselves.


9 posted on 05/21/2011 6:56:30 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Libloather

Getting them DOWN to the level of Detroit!


10 posted on 05/21/2011 7:05:43 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Libloather
Well folks, here's the unintended consequence of basing teacher evaluations and pay on merit alone...

As evaluations based solely on student performance become more common around the country, so shall you see many more incidents similar to this one...

Oh how I LOVE the law of unintended consequences...:-)

11 posted on 05/21/2011 7:06:09 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

The WDC school system...corruption and fraud every day and every way. Search DC school system corruption or DC school system fraud and you’ll be disgusted at how much comes up.


12 posted on 05/21/2011 7:09:03 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: hal ogen
Trust me, I KNOW about school fraud and waste. What I ALSO know is that our education system (and society in general) overwhelmingly levies disproportionate blame upon teachers for just about EVERY conceivable ill.

As an educator myself, I can attest to the frustration teachers feel when they are judged SOLELY by the performance of thugs and "thugettes" who couldn't give two squirted pisses about doing well on any "standardized" tests. These lowlifes only seek to complete the tests (or skip most of the test) as quickly as humanly possible so they can screw around or sleep. Unless a particular teacher has all HONORS classes, he or she is almost GUARANTEED not to have a good chance of merit-based pay raises within the system in which I teach...(inner city)

Being Washington D.C., I can imagine how corrupt the system is. Hell, just take a gander at the politics!!! lol

13 posted on 05/21/2011 7:25:34 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly
“the won” and Arne Duncan have all the answers!
14 posted on 05/21/2011 7:35:04 AM PDT by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: Libloather

Why do the school administrators allow each teacher to give the test to their own class? Why not shuffle the teachers among the classes? This would discourage a teacher from cheating to improve the scores in another teacher’s class. I would think that few teachers would risk their position to cheat on behalf of another teacher. Also, the schools could seek volunteer monitors in each class while the tests are being taken. I would be very happy to be a monitor in a class where I live.

There are simple and cost free ways to prevent the cheating during the testing procedure.


15 posted on 05/21/2011 7:43:41 AM PDT by Saltmeat
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To: Libloather

Those who can...do. Those who can’t...teach. Those who can’t teach...cheat or become university professors.


16 posted on 05/21/2011 7:51:36 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather
Three elementary school teachers are now accused or suspected of cheating.

What. They couldn't figure out how to properly deploy a condom onto a cucumber on their own?

They didn't know what the third "R" meant after "Reduce" and "Re-use"?

They didn't know which states were stolen from Mexico?

They didn't know which was healthier, a french fry or a rice cake?

17 posted on 05/21/2011 7:56:00 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Libloather

Preparing the kids in DC for their affirmative action Government jobs.

So what if I cannot read? I have a Diploma.I am black and although I didn’t get a passing grade on the test for Police Officer or Fireman, you have to hire me. That’s the law.


18 posted on 05/21/2011 8:01:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Saltmeat

Better yet — don’t even announce the testing dates beforehand. Just have an outside “auditor” (from the state or an independent testing service) conduct these tests on a random basis with 48 hours’ notice in any given classroom.


19 posted on 05/21/2011 8:04:55 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Anti-Bubba182
“Make DC the 57th State!” Rats would love for this to happen as well as Puerto Rico, guaranteed 4 more RAT Senators for life.
20 posted on 05/21/2011 8:05:09 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Libloather

Isn’t this kind of truth reporting racist?


21 posted on 05/21/2011 9:41:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: Libloather

DC has nothing on Atlanta when it comes to cheating on standardized tests.


22 posted on 05/21/2011 9:44:03 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: MsLady

It didn’t start yesterday. Many,many years ago if a teacher failed ten percent of his students, he/she would be at risk of losing his/her job. The pretence then was that if one “worked enough,” with a student he/she would get them over the bar. IOW, just dumb down the course enough and one convoy the class though to the next level.


23 posted on 05/21/2011 10:29:33 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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24 posted on 05/22/2011 5:53:16 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Libloather
"There's a lot of pressure," Mahaley says. "And I believe that most teachers want to do the right thing and sometimes just in the interest of trying to be helpful to children, a teacher may do something that may not be appropriate."

Of course, the teachers certainly aren't doing it to save their own pathetic jobs.

25 posted on 05/22/2011 5:58:27 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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