School testing: What works, what doesn't?


School testing: What works, what doesn't?

It's happened again -- teachers and administrators in a major metropolitan school district are accused of doctoring answers to give their students higher grades on standardized tests.

This time the cheating is in Atlanta public schools. Are Southern California school districts immune from the temptation to tamper when teacher reviews, school budgets and public funds at stake?

Cheating aside, what other concerns or challenges do you find in standardized tests? Do they accurately reflect a student's grade level or knowledge? Can a student who scores low on a standardized reading test still graduate high school?

If you're a teacher, school employee, administrator, parent or other school stakeholder, please take a mintue to share your insights on standardized testing's merits and flaws. And if you've witnessed or been involved in changing students' scores, you can tell us so confidentially.