The Notebook just published a riveting interview with a teacher who freely admits that she helped students cheat on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests (PSSAs). It is a fascinating read, and her myriad reasons were not entirely expected. Administrative pressure? That I expected. A socioeconomically biased test? Not so much. I guess I should have known better. .
Don’t read it if the idea of sympathizing with a cheater makes you uncomfortable. Fine. You don’t have to. But if you do nothing else, take one bit of advice that I have been trumpeting over and over. Don’t pay much attention to test scores when picking schools for your child. Don’t do it. Forget about the cheating issue. Please.