The higher the stakes for standardized test scores, the greater the likelihood that some teachers and schools will cheat to bolster results.
The latest example comes from Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville, where a Parkview Middle School social studies teacher was suspended last month after allegedly leaving vocabulary words from the ISTEP+ exam on the blackboard during testing, inappropriately reviewing material in advance and inappropriately coaching students during the test.
The teacher, a 30-year veteran, submitted her retirement this week. She did not return to the classroom after she was suspended.
The Indiana Department of Education invalidated a section of 88 seventh-graders' exams as a result of the allegations.