Sunday, December 8, 2013
Across the nation, education reforms are helping our K-12 students learn more to live happier and more prosperous lives. Sadly, last week, this initiative took a sour turn in one of our major cities.
The former superintendent and senior staff of the Atlanta Public School System, along with a number of teachers, were indicted by a grand jury for inflating the scores on standardized tests taken by students. State investigators reported that teachers instructed students to “fix” answers during the tests, and that the teachers themselves “adjusted” answers after the tests. In some cases, copies of the tests and the answers were made available to the students beforehand. 44 of 56 Atlanta schools that were examined demonstrated systematic cheating.
Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article “Ex-Head of Atlanta Schools Indicted in Cheating Probe.”
Education should be about the kids, not the grown-ups. Honest assessments of student, teacher, and administrator achievement will lead to better schools and more learning. Cutting corners hurts everyone.
Bruce Poliquin is the former Maine State Treasurer and a 2012 Republican primary candidate for the United States Senate. He has 35 years of experience owning and managing businesses. Bruce is a proud third-generation Franco-American Mainer and Harvard University graduate. Visit BrucePoliquin.net for his most recent commentary and analysis on media outlets throughout the State about the important issues facing Maine families and their jobs.