Media: The New York Times' Made-Up Cheating Story
Anyone else notice that there are no real numbers in Trip Gabriel's cheating story in the NYT today -- that he can't say whether cheating is up or not, blames the "trend" on NCLB and merit pay without any real evidence of a connection, and that one of his main experts is a notorious anti-testing advocate? It's a familiar refrain -- accountability causes cheating -- usually used to suggest that accountability is the culprit (not the cheaters). But it's pretty weak journalism. Under Pressure, Educators Tamper With Test Scores). Come on, Trip. We need you to do better than this.