The hazards of testmania
There is nothing that bothers me more than cheating among students, so it's pretty hard to excuse this guy.
An Amarillo teacher leaked a portion of this spring's TAKS writing test to his colleagues because he wanted his school's students to have a better chance at passing, a state investigation has found.
The teacher said that he leaked the information because he believed that educators in other districts were doing the same and that Amarillo students were "as deserving of prior knowledge of TAKS test information as students" in those other Texas districts, according to an investigative report released by the Texas Education Agency.
Yikes! He actually sounds like some of the kids I've caught.
David Tamez, an elementary bilingual teacher, told investigators that he obtained the test information by volunteering to serve on a statewide committee of educators who help determine which questions make it onto the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills each year, the report states. He alleged that members of those committees regularly smuggle out secret TAKS information to share in their home districts – a contention TEA officials vigorously dispute.
"You know good and well what people are doing," Mr. Tamez said, according to a tape recording of his interview with investigators. "They're writing down prompts; they're writing down information."
The TEA inspector general's office is recommending a further investigation to determine whether Mr. Tamez's claims of widespread improprieties are valid.
This guy sounds like an excellent candidate to get out of teaching. It's hard enough to get kids to see cheating as wrong without having people like him in the field. Although I'm not as opposed to testing as some other people, this is definitely a hazard of our increased reliance on it.