USA Today's reports on the reliability of student test scores unfairly leave the impression district leaders avoided an investigation into possible cheating. Further, it implies cheating was widespread. I'd like to set the record straight.
Sometimes research is cited in ways that are disingenuous because anyone who takes the time to track down those studies often finds that they actually offer little or no support for the claims in question.
The cart of testing is firmly before the horse of quality education in American schools, rather than the more appropriate other way around. It's creating an inertia that is all but impossible to change.