It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.
One lesson to be learned from the Atlanta Public Schools scandal is that we never should have allowed the teachers or the administrators whose results were being measured to administer the tests or to handle the tests after they were completed. This was an open invitation for some of the weaker persons involved to cheat in order to make their results look better.
We spend a lot of money on public education. Our country’s future depends heavily on how well Johnny and Susie learn how to do “reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic and reasoning.” The teachers and the administrators who are doing the best jobs need to be identified and rewarded with no cheating being possible.