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Baltimore schools cheating: Evidence of integrity, not widespread problems
The only thing worse for Baltimore City's schools than cheating on standardized tests would be to ignore the possibility that it could happen, to hide evidence of cheating or to attempt to handle the consequences of it quietly. In that light, we should not take the announcement by city schools CEO Andrés Alonso that investigators have found widespread cheating at two more Baltimore schools, on top of another elementary school fingered last year, as a reason to cynically dismiss the widespread gains city students have made on standardized tests in recent years. Rather, we should see it as evidence that Mr. Alonso, state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and others are taking test integrity seriously and that they are looking for and finding instances when it is violated.
June 23, 2011