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Weekend reading: When teachers cheat amid high-stakes testing

  • Rampant conspiracies to alter kids’ scores, including the one that resulted in this week’s conviction of 11 Atlanta educators, attest to the dangers of high-stakes testing. The Atlantic
  • Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the long-term effects of the educational disruption for New Orleans students can be seen in high youth unemployment. The Hechinger Report
  • High levels of teacher turnover cost school districts upwards of $2.2 billion a year, says a researcher studying teacher retention and churn. NPR Ed
  • It turns out that teachers advising students to either avoid the profession, or at least to carefully consider what they’re getting into, is nothing new. Education Week
  • Louisville, Ky., provides a rare case study in successful school integration. The Atlantic
  • A new study finds that many kinds of parental involvement in students’ educations result in few academic benefits. The Atlantic
  • But that conclusion may have been drawn from a flawed measure of what parental involvement really looks like. The New York Times
  • A new poll reports that while a plurality of white parents oppose the Common Core, a majority of black and Hispanic parents support the standards. The Hechinger Report
  • Former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein responds to a critique that he unfairly casts opponents to his reforms as cynical and self-interested. The New York Review of Books
  • New research suggests that while more education could improve the lives of middle- and lower-income Americans, it’s likely not a solution to rising inequality, which is being driven by sharp increases in wealth among the already-very-rich. The New York Times
  • Commentary: Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz criticizes New York City’s proposed new school discipline policy and similar restorative models as too lax. The Wall Street Journal