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

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ABSTRACT: The recent Atlanta cheating scandal [(Gumbrecht 2013) at <http://bit.ly/YRAVax> and (Strauss 2013a) at <http://wapo.st/Z2ebBB>], is a byproduct of the draconian consequences of failure to meet "Adequate Yearly Progress" <http://bit.ly/Z0iq0o> TARGETS of the "No Child Left Behind Act" <http://bit.ly/XWtRGp>.  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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To access the complete 20 kB post please click on <http://yhoo.it/YTuvYB>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 03 April 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Counterproductive Targets" online on the OPEN Net-Gold archives at <http://yhoo.it/YTuvYB>. 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 <http://bit.ly/10zIpfz> with a provision for comments.