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Discussion in 'Education news' started by blazer, Feb 14, 2018.
More interesting would be to find out why these teachers 'cheated'. I am sure that many of them would say that it was due to pressure from above. When not doing so can cost you your job, what are you to do?
Simple example of 'Cause and Effect'.
All GCSE Computer Science coursework is voided. Solutions widely available on websites created by teachers for their students.
Cheating is the norm and is largely ignored until it becomes too embarrassing to ignore.
The cheating on computer science has gone on for years and was brought to the attention of the exam boards and was duly ignored.
Hard to not cheat if every department in the school is cheating.
I went to SLT to voice my concerns about the "encouragement" I was seeing take place with the controlled assessments and to state that when I was next asked to take a class through one I would not do what I saw going on around me.
I was never asked to take a class through a CA again...
Result! Worth bearing in mind
I firmly believe that teachers in primary schools should NOT be marking their pupils' SAT exams and also the phonics exam in Year 1 ( based on my experience) You simply can not trust school staff to do the marking. I know in Canada, they send off the exams to be marked by an outside source.
Cheating was pretty much par for the course on controlled assessments in some subjects.
I've seen a couple of heads lauding their results in the papers knowing full well what had happened in their schools.
KS2 SATs - they don't. They never have done. All papers are collected in at the end, locked away and collected to be marked by external markers.
KS2 writing has been teacher-assessed for many years, with moderation for a small percentage of randomly-selected schools each year.
My colleague and I were always scrupulously honest about making fair and accurate assessments of children’s independent writing skills, to the point that our school’s writing results were consistently lower than other schools whose children edited and re-drafted after marking to produce a highly-polished piece of work , and were lower than our own reading and maths, too.
I hear tales of teachers at other schools raising eyebrows or passing erasers to children during maths or SPAG tests, and apparently, now, even after moderation, the final judgements on writing can be tweaked.
It’s sickening to know it goes on, but it’s the understandable consequence of high-stakes tests for schools.
I know of a case of the most blatant cheating imaginable on coursework at one school (not ours) last year.
They got away with it too.
I know of one where a dept was discovered to have cheated horrendously and the exam board simply said "don't do it again". If an entire low-level set from a bog standard comprehensive are getting at least Cs on their controlled assessments and yet Fs in their exam, surely the exam board or Ofsted can easily see this and act?
If they wanted to, of course...
I've had pieces of English which couldn't even be read by those same students that had supposedly written them
You're right - but these are not SATs exams being marked by the teachers....though I agree, the opportunities to cheat are just as prevalent.
What about children who supposedly passed the phonics test in yr1 yet can hardly read or spell in yr2?
The problem with controlled assessment is the pressure from above. If schools weren’t bothered about league tables and OFSTED, students would get what they deserve and teachers would stop cheating.
The education system currently feels like we are trying to prove something that is unprovable. Everyone needs to have a positive progress 8 score to prove they are not failing but the way grade boundaries are worked out, the odds are stacked against teachers and pupils.
By following EBACC and progress 8 we are failing so many students - failing to equip them for life and facing greater challenges. Some kids just need socialisation and taught how to behave, and some can’t even pass English (which they’ve been studying since age 5) let alone 7 more GCSEs! What hope have the other subjects got!
Do you know that to do true? That's the first time I've heard anyone say that the solutions were created by teachers. And from what I've seen in the Computing forums, most teachers don't seem to be much better at programming than the students.
Just read the article. some teachers created solutions on their school website. others provided students with links to websites containing solutions. This has been going on for years and became the norm. everyone is cheating so we should too.
There used to be a webiste called uk coursework.com (or something like that). For a very moderate fee (sometimes nothing) you could get examples of most bits of coursework in many subjects.
Years ago I rumbled a few of my students because they were all obviously written from the same script.
I tore up the work and made them do it again.