Skip to comments.Test coordinator accused of ‘ultimate betrayal' of students (Atlanta's cheating teachers)
Posted on 05/13/2012 4:25:08 AM PDT by Libloather
Test coordinator accused of ultimate betrayal' of students
By D. Aileen Dodd
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
6:37 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012
A Slater Elementary School teacher allowed her colleagues to cheat as they erased stray marks on 2009 state exam sheets, resulting in the "ultimate betrayal" of students, an Atlanta Public Schools lawyer said at the teacher's termination hearing.
The teacher and test coordinator, Vanessa Jackson, denied the allegations, saying she went "beyond my call of duty" in her job. The termination hearing will continue next Friday as the defense presents its case.
Atlanta Public Schools officials said Jackson was responsible for checking in exams, monitoring them and providing securing protocol for her school, but failed to protect testing integrity resulting in rampant cheating.
Jackson was recommended for termination by APS Superintendent Erroll Davis in the districts sweep to purge classrooms of educators involved in a widespread cheating scandal. She was charged with willful neglect of duties, immorality and ethics violations.
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Innocent. She’s a member of a protected class. Innocent until found innocent.
When the door opened up and teacher pay-raises with school ratings were tied to the tests....you could bet on thousands of cheats in the system. So we’ve helped train the kids to now pass tests, and will move them onto college and beyond.
Wow. Can you spell "chutzpah?"
Just following in thier leaders footsteps
Means she only took off a few extra days.
Black is the new tephlon.
Schools are for Democrat funds, then teacher paychecks......and I don’t know if the students are ever considered.
Thanks for the post and TC ping.
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Socialism is Legal Plunder
Legal Plunder Has Many Names
Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole with their common aim of legal plunder constitute socialism.
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Yeah, like these tests measure anything worthwhile anyway!
About the only thing a standardized test is good at predicting is how well a student will perform on the next standardized test. If I were a teacher, I’d probably sit there reading off the correct answers for the whole class, so we could get this nonsense out of the way and move on to something useful.
Public schooling delenda est.
No doubt these teachers used these inflated test scores to get more money and bonuses. They all should do prison time for fraud. I am certain the teacher’s union will lavishly fund their legal defense and use its political power to see they no more than a slap on the wrist for this travesty.
Fraud and conspiracy, with public funds thrown in. The Mafia is prosecuted for same. Why aren’t these people?
Not to be rude, but...what else would they possibly predict? Okay, they could - and some do - attempt to predict grades. (The SAT and ACT, for instance.) But grades are just more of the same.
The problem is not in testing, but in the closed, isolated, artifical world of the education industry - which I like to call “Big Ed”. How disconnected is Big Ed from real life? Well, how many millionaires and billionaires were drop-outs? How many prominent, successful people received poor grades and scored poorly on tests?
Have you ever asked your doctor or mechanic how well he scored on his standardized tests? Ever asked your electrician or lawyer what grades he got in school? Outside of the confines of the school system, do these things matter?
Yes, for the lockstep-types, good grades and test scores might help secure a job interview as a cog in the corporate machine. And for most, that’s enough - even if the quest does consume the best years of childhood and early adulthood.
But for those who want to really “be all they can be,” it’s best to abandon the chase for smiley-faces on their papers. Forget competing for gold stars and honor rolls. In real life, these mean zip.
“Personal opinion” then.....
No, just a reasoned conclusion. You asked, “do you have something that you can post to back up your claim?” What we already know is enough to point up the absurdity of grades and tests, once we examine it without the official “instructors” guiding us.
If taken at face value, the whole system is absurd. I mean, does it really take 14 years to learn the stuff a high school graduate knows?! LOL! That’s just ridiculous. No, there’s more behind “schooling” than teaching kids to read, write, and do simple math.
So if you’re waiting for Big Ed to publish a study demonstrating the practical uselessness of standardized tests, better grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable...You could be waiting a while.