Saturday, February 19, 2005

Cheating Educators Disciplined Down In Texas

School Superintendent Abe Saavedra (who has had cheating issues of his own) of Houston, Texas, is all set to discipline several educators in a cheating scandal involving the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test.

  • Two fifth grad math teachers at Sanderson Elementary School will be fired from their jobs.
  • Principal James Metoyer will be transferred and reassigned to the classroom. Even though Metoyer had no direct knowledge of the cheating, the District said that he was being disciplined because he, "Failed to exercise strong administrative controls of the process."

Educators that cheat on these tests should be disciplined. (In this case, we think that the discipline given to the principal may have been a little harsh.) Each and every time a school employee cheats on a test, it denies parents the diagnostic tools that they need to identify potential problems that students may have the need to be addressed.

Having said that, it seems that Mr. Saavedra recovered his own professional reputation in spite of that little problem that he had down in Corpus Cristi when he was Superintendent of that troubled district.

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