Update: Records Don't Match Rhee Claims

Cohort-effects-at-harlem-park-jpgAfter more than three years of claiming to have raised student test scores astronomically during her stint as a Baltimore teacher, former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee is facing news that the actual results fell fall short.  Her resume claimed that over a two year period she "moved students scoring on average at the 13th percentile on national standardized tests to 90% of students scoring at the 90th percentile or higher." But a DC-area retired teacher / blogger revealed what numerous national media organizations never did (here). Depending on your view of things, this is either a major problem for Rhee or for journalism.  My take is that people make claims all the time and it's up to journalists to vet them or stop using them.  Read more here.


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  • Interesting. I know people often embellish resumes, but Rhee's unsubstantiated claims regarding student growth should have raised more than a few eyebrows. More shocking than Rhee's now exposed falsehoods is the way American educational policy wonks and politicians have blindly accepted her exaggerations and jumped on her versions of the reform bandwagon. Now I am wondering if this will make a dent in her chase to raise big bucks for her new non-profit. Probably not.

  • Yep. Their poster girl. Kinda sad.

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