Impossible standards fuel spread of cheating

“‘I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam,’ Woody Allen once said. ‘I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.’

Cheating isn’t usually a laughing matter, though, as the Philadelphia School District is learning. A recently revealed 2009 report by the state Department of Education flagged 22 district-run schools and seven charters for suspicious results on standardized tests. Several city teachers have also reported breaches in test security at their schools, although an internal investigation by the Philadelphia School District concluded that claims of cheating were unfounded. . . .”

This is an excerpt from my commentary in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, “Impossible standards fuel spread of cheating.”  Please click here to read the entire article.  You can respond or provide feedback by clicking on the comment button below.

Thanks for reading.

–Christopher Paslay

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2 responses to “Impossible standards fuel spread of cheating

  1. Richard Brayden

    Maybe you also condon students for cheating because the teachers test is too hard. Another posibility is to grade teachers on a curve and simply fire the lowest 10 percent. Your article shows teacher excuses are so engrained in our education system the system needs a radical solution to solve the problem.

  2. phillystyle71

    Hmm, Richard, nice insight. You should buy my book. It’s called “The Village Proposal,” and it will be published this September.

    Thanks for writing.

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