November 05, 2008

Incentives, Cheating Teachers and Suspicious DNK Accounts

Last week Steve Levitt was in Jacksonville and did a lecture of sorts at a local university.  It was really good and like his Freakonomics book, pretty darn thought provoking.  Steve's lecture consisted mostly of him telling really interesting stories, stopping to point out some of the economic principles along the way.  He only briefly touched on it in the lecture, but his book has a chapter where he talks about a group of teachers that were caught cheating in the Chicago's public school system.  Here is the abstract for a paper Steve published on the subject ... We develop an algorithm for detecting teacher cheating that combines information on unexpected test score fluctuations and suspicious patterns of answers for students in a classroom. Using data from the Chicago Public Schools, we estimate that serious cases of teacher or administrator cheating on standardized tests occur in a minimum of 4-5...

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