"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, July 14, 2007

TAKS Cheating, Part Ad Infinitum

Campbell's Law, once more:
The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decisionmaking, 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. --Donald Campbell
From the Houston Chronicle:
. . . . A recent analysis by The Dallas Morning News found that tens of thousands of students across Texas continue to cheat on the TAKS test, despite claims by the state educational officials that cheating on the standardized exam is a rarity.

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