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Are standardized tests turning Michigan public school teachers into cheaters?

One out of three public school educators report pressure from bosses, parents or others to change grades, and nearly 30% say pressure to cheat on standardized tests is a problem at their school, according to a voluntary Free Press survey of Michigan educators.

At schools that don't meet federal standards, the tension is higher: About 50% say pressure to change grades is an issue, and 46% say pressure to cheat on the tests is a problem.


This story in today's Detroit Free Press about how Michigan's public school teachers are getting pressure to help their students cheat on standardized tests is worth talking about around the dinner table tonight.  Pressure for teachers and classrooms to reach the right numbers from the test results is growing and is hinged to schools staying open.  This is worth reading.