Yes – It Can Happen
I live in a town driven by the media.
Today, the LA Times published an article linking cheating teachers in California to the increased pressure on standardized testing taking place. I’ll leave it to you to read the article for yourself (or this more interesting one), but basically it succeeds as a solid piece of documentation in that the pressure to increase standardized test scores is a reality faced by the culture of education in the nation, and particularly in LAUSD.
I’ve lived in this town long enough to make a prediction, nay, even a bet as to what will happen in the coming months in the wake of this story. I’ve come to believe that our school district policy is for better or for worse driven by the LA Times, and so I’ll summon all my psychic powers (which have thus far failed me in my office football pool) to predict the following:
- By February 1, 2012, LAUSD will issue a memo, policy, or resolution that specifically addresses acceptable and unacceptable test proctoring strategies for teachers, and lays out consequences for teachers found to be in violation.
I’m prepared to stand by this prediction by transforming it into a friendly wager: Loser buys the winner a beverage of choice next time we hang out.
Are there (up to) 5 takers? Bring it on.