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Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 | The one thing that bothers me about linking student test scores to any kind of evaluation is that if the students know about this, that the students could very easily sabotage the test by just filling in circles and not really trying. They could make a concerted effort to due poorly, let’s say, to get rid of a teacher or principal that they don’t particularly like. I’ve seen this happen a number of times, especially in grades six and above. Students aren’t stupid, especially if they know they hold power over someone in authority.
These concerted efforts to sabotage tests of a particular teacher was done before No Child Left Behind. The students know that if they do poorly on these standardized test that it will not effect them in any way. I just thought I’d bring this up since no one talks about that aspect of linking student test scores to evaluations.