The New York Times gets it right on this one.
School apologists frequently whine that high stakes testing pushes teachers to cheat. But the Times doesn’t buy that nonsense, saying:
“Groups that dislike standardized tests — and teacher accountability systems based on them — are blaming both for the cheating problem. But that’s like blaming the biopsy that turns up evidence of serious disease.”
Teachers who cheat on state tests ultimately cheat the kids, and those who do it deserve to be barred from the nation’s classrooms.