Too much credence to student test performance is, by definition, too much. The unfortunate fact is that the entire education industry avoids any sense of responsibility for objectively assessed, meaningful, collective student performance.
That said, the idea that factoring collective student performance into teacher/principal/school system assessment causes cheating is an abomination. Cheating is cheating period. Proven evidence should warrant, at a bare minimum, a letter of censure in the file of those involved and dismissal with the first occurrence would not be excessive. An important part of the job is that of role model, like it or not. Excusing cheating by teachers or principals is a horrible message to be sending to students. They're good enough at knowing about cheating without endorsement by the education industry.
At 04:26 AM 4/23/2013, Domenico Rosa wrote: >The following letter was published in The >Hartford Courant on 22 April 2013, Page A9. >=============== > >http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/letters/hcrs-14495hc--20130418,0,5725640.story > >The unethical and invalid use of student test >scores to evaluate teachers is the worst >educational fad we've seen in our lifetimes. As >has been evident over the past few weeks in >Atlanta and D.C., there is widespread cheating when the stakes are too high. > >Cheating is happening in Connecticut for the >same reasons. Is the goal to improve education >or just blame teachers for the myriad of social >and economic conditions that impact education? >Are there defenseless children who need help or >just data points used as stepping stones to >further the careers of administrators and politicians? > >Let them go back to their "bored rooms" and let >those who can, teach. The corporate "reform" of >public schools is imploding across the nation. >Will Connecticut be the last state to catch on >to the fact that the emperors (Adamowski, >Vallas, Pryor, Gates) have no clothes? > >Jonathan Kozol's book, "Death at an Early Age," >a metaphor for the destruction of our "seed >corn"Â is a must read for anyone with the power >to impact educational policies. We would like to >believe that the people we elected are unbought >and unbossed by the corporate sponsors of so-called education reform.Â > >Christine Ladd and Laurette Laramie, Manchester >The writers are a Hartford school counselor and history teacher, respectively.