Date: Apr 3, 2013 11:41 PM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: Counterproductive Targets

Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent post 
"Counterproductive Targets" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: The recent Atlanta cheating scandal [(Gumbrecht 2013) at
<> and (Strauss 2013a) at
<>], is a byproduct of the draconian
consequences of failure to meet "Adequate Yearly Progress"
<> TARGETS of the "No Child Left Behind Act"
<>. Such corruption is consistent with six
empirical "laws" related to Counterproductive Targets, five of which
were listed by EvalTalk's Bill Fear (2013). They are epitomized by
"Campbell's Law": "The more any quantitative social indicator is used
for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption
pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the
social processes it is intended to monitor."

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by <> and accessed on 03 April 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Counterproductive Targets" online on the OPEN
Net-Gold archives at <>. Post of 03 April
14:00-0700 to Net-Gold and AERA-L. The abstract and link to the
complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and
are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a
provision for comments.