Thirty-five ‘educators’ in Atlanta have been indicted for conspiring to cheat on standardized tests to receive bonuses they have not earned. As anyone with a basic knowledge of human behavior could have told you, you get what you pay for. If you pay people to teach, they’ll probably teach. If you’re paying someone a $78,000 bonus to make sure the right bubbles get filled in thousands of sheets of paper, as the Atlanta school district did with their now-indicted superintendent, it’s only a matter of time until someone tries to find an easier way to get those bubbles filled in. One more reason we need a better way of evaluating schools.
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