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Learning Curve

  • An F for transparency
    “Look at this shiny thing over here!” – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, Oct. 14, 2014.

Beyond teaching to the test

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.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at