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What High-Stakes Testing Causes…

November 17, 2012

Here is a quick article about high-stakes testing and what the immense pressure to have kids succeed causes teachers to do. This is a real shame because teachers work so hard to help kids be successful, that is the entire reason for teaching, it certainly isn’t for the money…!  Anyhow, I really hope that the testing mantra is nearing its apex, and hopefully Obama will appoint someone new as Education Secretary and we can start unwinding NCLB, and Race to the Top (RTTP)…


Three Elizabeth educators have been suspended after they were accused of giving standardized test answers to third-graders.

ELIZABETH — Three Elizabeth educators have been suspended, and the district is preparing to file tenure charges against them, after they were accused of giving standardized test answers to third-graders during testing at the John Marshall School No. 20, during the 2009-2010 school year.

The three — two teachers and a guidance counselor — were accused of cheating in a report by the state Department of Education’s Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance (OFAC). The school district announced the suspensions today, in a statement to the community.

The educators were charged after erasure analysis done of standardized tests, as part of a statewide investigation that pinpointed 15 districts where there is evidence of attempted manipulation of test data, according to Elizabeth’s statement.

Five educators in Woodbridge, including two principals, were suspenced in that district in August, after they were also accused of cheating.

Three other Elizabeth educators were also cited by OFAC as orchestrating alleged cheating activities, but they are no longer with the district, according to the statement.

The school principal also put improper pressure on employees, according to the OFAC report, but the principal is no longer with the district.


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