The chairman of the Senate Education Committee wants teachers and principals who tamper with state-mandated tests to be treated as criminals.
A state audit last week showed that fifth-graders’ answers had been altered on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in four Georgia schools. At one, Atherton Elementary in DeKalb County, the principal resigned and the assistant principal was reassigned last week.
“I think it’s awful what they’ve done. It cheats the kids, and it’s not good for their school systems and not good for the state of Georgia,” said state Sen. Dan Weber (R-Dunwoody)
This morning, on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, the president of the Georgia Association of Educators didn’t exactly jump up and say “Amen.”
The host, Tim Bryant, kindly sent the sound. Said Jeff Hubbard of the GAE:
”We going to have to talk to Senator Weber — that story broke this morning — to see exactly what he wants to do with that.
“What people have to understand is these people, I’m certain, will be facing a hearing with the Professional Standards Commission, [in] which they could lose their licensure. We would just have to look and see what’s in the write-up of the bill.
“Let me state though, that that’s one of the unintended consequences of No Child Left Behind — is the all-or-nothing emphasis. We think that a child and their progress should be based on more than a test score. In that regard, we think a school should be judged on more than a test score.”
In other words, cheating educators already face some consequences. However, Hubbard added:
””Let me state for the record that we’re absolutely disturbed and disgusted by these allegations, and if they are proven to be true, we hope that the state PSC will take action upon these educators.”
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