Target: U.S. teachers
Goal: For all teachers to score exams fairly, regardless of incentives to cheat.
More than 30 teachers and administrators in the Atlanta Public Schools have been indicted for falsifying test scores on their students’ achievement exams in order to qualify for the No Child Left Behind government incentive, meaning more funding for the classroom, and most importantly, bonuses for teachers and administrators. Teachers were guilty of either giving answers to students, or changing incorrect answers on the exams after they had been taken.
Cheating on behalf of students does more harm than teachers may realize. As a result of such dishonesty, some students may progress to a higher grade-level ill prepared, not possessing the skills that they need in order to succeed academically. In one example, a student may be in the ninth grade while reading at a fifth-grade level. This is simply unacceptable, and incredibly damaging.
Instead of falsifying student exam scores, teachers need to raise the bar for the education of their students. They need to work harder, and smarter, to reach their students and help them to learn more efficiently. If their students’ scores are falling short, teachers need to accept responsibility. Demand that teachers stop falsifying exam scores for their own benefit, and instead work harder to do their job in teaching students the material, and helping them with honest and legitimate test-taking strategies.
Dear U.S. Teachers and School Administrators,
Many employees of the Atlanta Public School System were recently indicted for falsifying student exam scores in order to receive more funding for the classroom and bonuses for their own pockets. Such behavior is simply unacceptable, and though these instructors were caught, many others may be getting away with this kind of dishonesty. Teachers and school administrators need to hold themselves and their students to a higher standard.
Students deserve to learn and succeed academically, and it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that each student is being taught well, to the best of the instructor’s ability. Cheating for your students is giving up on your students. Commit yourselves to honesty in your practices, and raise the bar for your students’ success, and in doing so raise the bar for your own standards of teaching.
[Your Name Here]
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