By falsely promoting students, these educators truly are hurting the students since they will not receive much-needed resources that would help them in the long-term if they were retained. Instead, they are advanced into a more academically demanding environment that is beyond their coping skills. The result would be a greater dropout rate in high school and less of a chance to be a work-ready adult.
While the cheating scandal at Atlanta is going to make it more difficult for principals to blatantly change answers to mandated State tests since it could potentially cost them their positions, the principals will use more sneaky and sinister ways to advance students who are undeserving of promotion. The question will be how will Dennis Walcott try to combat these principals when teachers expose their cheating practices? Will he establish an independent task force, answerable only to the Chancellor, like the NYPD's "internal affairs unit" or rely on the existing investigative agencies like OSI who is subject to Tweed's direction and practices a double standard between administrators and teachers in their investigative process? Such questions need to be answered. It is one thing to "talk the talk", it is another thing entirely to actually "walk the walk" and take real action against school cheating.
Will Dennis Walcott do what was done in Baltimore, or do what they did in Atlanta and Washington D.C.? Only time will tell. I, for one is not optimistic, unless the Mayor tells the Chancellor that is what he wants done. If you have a story about cheating in your school e-mail it to the Chancellor at DMWalcott@schools.nyc.gov.