This just in from Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson, regarding the breach of Montclair School assessments:
I don’t know who illegally gained access to the assessment tests. I don’t know who posted them online.
The actor(s) notwithstanding, the only plausible motivations are to gain a competitive advantage for a student or students (cheating) or to thwart the assessment process by “poisoning the waters” so to speak.
Unfortunately, cheating has reared its ugly head in academic and workplace settings throughout the world and Montclair is certainly not immune. The obsession with success at any cost-blind ambition-threatens the very soul of our society. Sadly, in the near term, impregnable security systems rather than unimpeachable ethics appear to be the order of the day.
The second motivation, i.e. poisoning the waters, can only be described as abhorrent and, ironically, detrimental to those who have raised heartfelt, reasoned concerns about assessments in a manner customary to a civilized, democratic society. I believe that the overwhelming majority of the most ardent “anti-assessment” voices would denounce illegal behavior as a means to an end.
The ultimate test for me is whether this “strategy” is one that I would offer my children. Want a better score or don’t like the test: hack the website. God forbid! Blind ambition and blind advocacy are markers on an ominous road that we dare not traverse.