According to a local newspaper report, http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-easton-schools-pssa-possible-cheat20110713,0,534711.story there may be evidence of cheating in Pennsylvania schools, even as close as Bethlehem and Easton. This possible cheating occurred 2 years ago, but was never investigated.
I wonder why the former PA Secretary of Education, and current ASD superintendent Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, never conducted an investigation?
Sounds fishy. According to the always vague newspaper, Dr. Z claims that the report of possible cheating in 2009 never even made it to his desk. He has declined to comment on the matter. I find it a bit odd that Dr. Z doesn't seem to care about potential cheating in 35 PA school districts, when so MUCH is dependent on test scores, including funding, the future of our children, and teacher's jobs. I believe this important issue requires much more investigation, especially in light of Dr. Z's recent unethical coercing of the Allentown Teacher's Union leader. Did Dr. Z cover up the cheating? Allentown ethics board, where are you? Mayor Pawlowski? City Council? School board members, wake UP! Why aren't there any comments of outrage at the online forum where this article appears? APATHETIC Allentown. Parents, what could be more important than our children? This is an important issue, WAKE UP ALLENTOWN.
Children are not data points, the testing needs to stop. But that's not what's happening. Under current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (no teaching experience) the stakes will now get even higher with Race to the Top ( NCLB on steroids) linking test scores with teacher evaluations. (Value-added nonsense that Dr. Z is dictating to teachers in Allentown) Get ready for even more testing and unproven market reform policies written by politicians, CEO's and billionaires pushing their corporate agenda. Testing and standardization is big money. Ultimate goal is to privatize public ed and dismantle teacher's union in order to create obedient minions who don't question authority and bow to the rich. They want to keep the poor and middle-class down. Parents, it's past time to speak out. A school is NOT a business, it's a learning environment where children grow and develop, and where all children are given equal opportunities.