Divergent Trends for Test Cheating

By: Tonya Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA Educational Psychology

Two districts within the largest school systems in the US;  the Philadelphia Public School District, Pennsylvania and the Brooklyn District 188 in Illinois. are taking divergent paths to corrective action and future consequences for educators implicated in prior testing scandals.

  • Allegations were made that a principal, Ronald Ferrell “showed teachers how to look inside test booklets before they were administered and that he told students to review their answers multiple times” (see Belleview News Democrat). He is now the new superintendent of Brooklyn District 188 in Illinois. In contrast,
  • “The Philadelphia Public School District is appealing a Court oder to reinstate two principals (Michelle Burns and Marla Travis-Curtis) who lost their jobs as part of the cheating scandal that rocked the District several years ago” (see The Notebook).

How will these sagas play out? This question has been debated for ages by the federalists and anti-federalists. “The right of a government to make and enforce its laws depends in part on whether its political institutions and practices are justifiable to those who are governed by them [1].


  1. A. Rehfeld. The Concept of Constituency:Political Representation, Democratic Legitimacy, and Institutional Design. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005, pg. 6.

Tonya J. Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA, Certified K-12 Administrator and School Psychologist is author of Fraud in Education: Beyond the Wrong Answer and president of Shared Knowledge, LLC https://ishareknowledge.com