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About jeremykaufmann23

I am a member of the Class of 2012 at Dartmouth College majoring in Economics with a minor in Public Policy. For my paper, I am interested in examining the characteristics of public schools implicated in the recent teacher cheating scandals that have rocked our nation's education community in places such as Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago. I want to look at how the organizational and leadership structures of these schools, funding sources, evaluation policies of teachers, and other incentive structures led teachers to cheat. I then want to pivot to the question of how to best design these teacher incentives to maximize student performance while minimizing the possibility of cheating and discuss how these newly heralded reforms square with psychologists understanding of motivation in order to guide policy makers as the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) draws near. Some other details about myself: On campus I've been involved with the College Democrats of New Hampshire, the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team, Outdoor Leadership Experience, a community service program that teaches local middle school students important outdoor skills, and Bike & Build, an organization that raises money for the affordable housing cause and gives students the ability to bike across the country to spread awareness about the cause. I'm truly looking forward to meeting all of the Presidential Fellows and anticipate having lots of great conversations!

Teacher Cheating Scandals and Race to the Top Funding (2nd post)

When I first read over the summer about the unbelievable news that 176 teachers and principals in Atlanta, Georgia were being accused of cheating on state standardized exams, I immediately knew that I wanted to write my paper on this … Continue reading

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Why Are Teachers and Administrators Being Driven To Cheat?

For those of you who haven’t seen the ubiquitous headlines this summer, our country’s largest teacher cheating scandal came to light in Atlanta this July. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, at least 178 teachers and principals in Atlanta … Continue reading

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