Federal prosecutors in Memphis are investigating an educator who they say ran a test cheating ring in three Southern states for teachers and prospective teachers who wanted to pass standardized certification exams, the New York Times reports. The United States attorney’s office has indicted Clarence Mumford Sr., 58, on 49 counts, including mail, wire and Social Security fraud as well as identify theft. According to court documents, Mr. Mumford, a former assistant principal and guidance counselor, helped create fake government identification for test takers, and collected fees ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 from individuals who were concerned about passing tests administered by the Educational Testing Service in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee……Read More
Podcast Series: Innovations in Education
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Listen: Why teachers cheat and how to deal with the problem
In response to the profusion of cheating scandals surfacing across the country, the Washington Post in July created a digital roundtable of experts to discuss their views on what the best approaches are to measure and compensate teachers, the Huffington Post reports. Yesterday, American Public Media Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal talked to Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt about why teachers cheat and how to deal with the issue...…Read More