BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore school system is going to send testing monitors to all schools administering the upcoming state assessments.

The move is among those that have been made over the last two years by CEO Andres Alonso in an effort to prevent cheating scandals. The Baltimore Sun reports Alonso has spent roughly $360,000 this year on monitors and has also taped a video message that includes warnings about the consequences of cheating.

Jimmy Gittings, the president of the city principals union, has asked the school board to overhaul the process for investigating test irregularities and has called for investigations into alleged cheating at 16 schools to be suspended.

Under new union contracts, city teachers and administrators are evaluated partly on student achievement.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Rico says:

    If you dont want cheating, then stop trying to tie teachers jobs to the test results of students who would rather be fighting, cursing, having sex, selling drugs or just about anything else but taking/passing a test.

  2. Learner says:

    Unfortunately, no matter how hard teachers work in the classroom, prepare lesson plans, and/or stay after school making themselves available for students needing help, many students are not interested in school, and show as much with their disrespect for teachers, non-completion of homework, and not paying attention in class. It is time someone seriously addressed these student issues with parents, and stopped blaming teachers for the failure of these students, who have no interest in school.

    Fortunately, though, there are some students who seriously want to learn. Let’s pay some attention to those, for a change.

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