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Michelle Rhee: “USA Today” investigation “absolutely lacks credibility”

March 29th, 2011, byStaff

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Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, sits down with Tavis tonight to discuss the state of education in the country and to respond to a USA Today investigation that questions the integrity of standardized test scores at D.C. schools under her watch.

“We followed all of the right protocols,” Rhee says via satellite from
D.C. “If you look at the story overall, I think it absolutely lacks
credibility.”

Specifically, USA Today investigated test scores at D.C.’s Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus and found the following:

…for the past three school years most of Noyes’ classrooms had extraordinarily high numbers of erasures on standardized tests. The consistent pattern was that wrong answers were erased and changed to right ones.

Noyes is one of 103 public schools here that have had erasure rates that surpassed D.C. averages at least once since 2008. That’s more than half of D.C. schools.

In the video below and on the show tonight, Rhee refutes the claims made by the USA Today investigation.

“The really unfortunate piece,” the education reformer goes on to say, “is that oftentimes when the academic achievement rates of a district like D.C. go up people assume that it can’t be because the kids are actually attaining higher gains in student achievement, but that it’s because of something like cheating, which in this case was absolutely not the case.”

Watch the video below, and tune in tonight for the full conversation.

  • just me

    More humility required. This is what happens when ego-centric, messiah administrators take over. I’m not surprised. Not 2 mention, test scores measure maybe 10 percent of what should count as “learning.”

  • William Carpenter

    Kind of hard to believe either way. It is not unlilely for school districts to find ways to maintain funding with current school legislation measures, and to hire a 3rd party doesn’t really add credibility to the rebuttal from Mrs.Rhee seeing that gov’t and private industry love to cut deals.

  • Billy Smith

    The man on the news about his daughters issues ay Noyes has been stating his concerns. He even testified at several city council hearings. Rhee knew it but her and Fenty were only looking to make a name for theirselves and not the betterment of the children of DC. Fenty has drained this city of it’s finances and now is hiding under a rock. Rhee is trying to go across the country and ruin even more school systems. DON’T LET HER DO IT PEOPLE. SHE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE!

  • sue

    Sure, everyone knows that everything that happens in DC is on the up and up! No corruption or cheating going on there. LOL

  • Edward Mooney

    I’m still not clear – how does she explain the extremely high erasure marks?

  • FL Teacher

    Go away Michelle and your lies. None of us believe you.

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