The tests were never designed to make these decisions about which schools should survive, or which kids should be promoted, or which teachers should be fired. The behaviors are inexcusable on their face. But the implications of what they're doing should be causing a much greater red flag about the testing system than simply battening down the hatches on security."Linda Darling-Hammond
Shared by Larry Ferlazzo on his blog, the above quote is very timely for me, as my district is testing this week, and I know my former colleagues and students feel the pressure to be successful. It originally appeared in the article “Atlanta’s School Scandal Isn’t Local How education reform’s “no excuses” motto causes cheating’ at The New Republic. The Atlanta testing scandal highlights what me and most teachers have known for years–fear is not how you motivate teachers or students to do their best work.