By David Gawkowski
In the wake of the Atlanta testing scandal, in which 35 educators were indicted last month, come more allegations of teachers improperly helping students on standardized tests.
This time it’s Long Island. The New York Times reports that over a dozen educators in Glen Cove, New York, are under investigation for “coaching pupils on correct answers” during standardized testing last year.
With the prevalence of standardized testing across the country, it’s discouraging news to hear. It also raises questions about whether too much importance is placed on these tests if even educators are tempted to help students cheat on them.
Our 2012 Report Card on Ethics of American Youth showed a decrease in lying, cheating and stealing among high school students (the first drop in 10 years of biennial surveys). But the cheating is still alarmingly widespread. Fifty-one percent of students surveyed admitted to cheating on a test within the last year, while 32 percent admitted to plagiarizing from the Internet. progress has been made when it comes to youth ethics, there’s still a long way to go.