The New Challenges of Teaching

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By Katherine Schultz
Published on April 2, 2013, in the Washington Post

The world of public education was shocked recently by the story of former Atlanta public schools superintendent Beverly Hall. Lauded in 2009 as the National Superintendent of the Year, Hall and several of her senior staff were indicted for perpetrating a massive fraud, conspiring to manipulate school test scores.

People were astounded, but should they have been surprised? Since the introduction of high-stakes testing over the past two decades, the stakes for leaders such as Hall have indeed been high, and rewards and accolades have been showered on those who produce the results that the public and political leaders believe to portend successful school reform. Read the full story.