From the New York Daily News:
A Texas elementary school principal who was suspended is taking “teaching to the test” to a whole new level.
For most of the 2010-11 year, Field Elementary School only taught third-grade students two subjects — math and reading – according to a July report by the Dallas Independent School District dated July 14 and originally reported by the Dallas Morning News. Meanwhile, the students received almost no instruction in social studies, science or other subjects.
To make up for the gap, teachers were encouraged to invent grades.
The hyper-focus on math and reading set many students back a year in most subjects, but boosted Field Elementary’s score on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test (TAKS). The school’s TAKS score helped it earn “exemplary” status from the state of Texas.
For third graders, math and reading are the only TAKS scores that count statewide.
According to the report, Field Elementary Principal Roslyn Carter “directed and caused false school records to be created relating to teachers of record, grades of students for subjects not taught, and grades from teachers for students they did not teach.”
The report cited 10 employees for failing to report the falsification of student records.
Carter is on paid administrative leave, while the Dallas Independent School District investigates the false grade scandal.