Teacher Explains Why She Helped Kids Cheat on PSSAs

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.

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