The Leadership and Moral Dilemma of Staffing K- 2 Under High Stakes Testing

When the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001, schools began facing enormous pressure to ensure that their test scores measured up. Schools that fall behind can face real consequences. A recent study speaks to the unintended consequences of this pressure to perform well on tests; demonstrating that the majority of teachers deemed less effective in terms of test scores were moved out of the tested grades. This pattern is stronger in schools where the principal has more influence on where teachers are assigned. On the flip side, teachers in lower-grade classrooms who have performed well are more likely to be bumped up to tested grades.

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