Friday, April 12, 2013

Rheegate

USA Today had a report based on John Merrow's expose linked yesterday about a memo warning of test tampering in the D.C. public schools during the reign of district dictator Michelle Rhee:

The 2009 memo was written by an outside analyst, Fay "Sandy" Sanford, who had been invited by then-chancellor Michelle Rhee to examine students' irregular math and reading score gains. It was sent to Rhee's top deputy for accountability.

The memo notes that nearly all of the teachers at one Washington elementary school had students whose test papers showed high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures and asks, "Could a separate person have been responsible?"

It recommends that DCPS contact its legal department "as soon as you think it advisable" and ask them to determine "what possible actions can be taken against identified offenders."

Something tells me this scandal isn't going away.

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