Academic Concerns

A RECENT report strikes a nerve in the world of academia. If proven accurate, it is a disturbing revelation that shakes the framework of higher education.

A newspaper review indicates that suspicious test scores from hundreds of Ohio school districts point to the possibility of cheating. The report was fueled after steep increases and drops were discovered on standardized test scores since 2005.

Those are strong allegations, ones we hope prove invalid. The questions are: How truly accurate they are, and, if so, what will be done to rectify it?

Nearly as troublesome is if such reports are inaccurate, they still cast a shadow of doubt on the testing process, doubts that may never fully be eliminated.

The findings gain added credence from data cultivated in Atlanta, which indicated cheating in multiple schools. The Ohio report, meanwhile, found 500 Ohio districts and charter schools had at least one school with an improbable large score change in recent years.

A national analysis showed a pattern similar to Atlanta.

For the current time, concerns of standardized test cheating are just speculation. The Ohio Education Association is not buying into the testing scandal.

We are also skeptical of the evidence being presented. Widespread cheating on tests of such importance doesn’t make the grade.