Jan Resseger explains how the test-and-punish system inevitably leads to cheating, harming both teachers and students in the recent Atlanta cheating scandal and beyond. Read the full article.
On Wednesday afternoon eleven convictions were handed down in the Atlanta schools test-cheating scandal. On the one hand, this is a local issue—merely one city’s tragedy with the local response to the federal testing law, No Child Left Behind, and all the law’s demands for something radical to happen right now. But this one local consequence is emblematic of the way things can go when laws pressure real people to implement policies that have nothing whatever to do with reality.