The New York Times is reporting on a potential school test cheating problem in New York City’s schools.
It seems that teachers in at least two NYC elementary schools may have engaged in improper practices with students during state testing. The whistle got blown by teachers in the intermediate school where these students later were transferred. When those intermediate school teachers got blamed for notable drops in student proficiency rates, they started pointing fingers at their elementary school counterparts for improper activity that inflated the students’ scores.
It seems that the intermediate school teachers were not going to quietly take the fall for this because those intermediate teachers want to hold on to their jobs.
So, who says accountability is a bad deal?
Not for students.
Not for the public, either.
Maybe so, for cheaters.