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IN BRIEF

D.C. School Success Comes under Suspicion

MARCH 28, 2011

“In just two years, Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus went from a school deemed in need of improvement to a place that the District of Columbia Public Schools called one of its ‘shining stars.’… A closer look at Noyes, however, raises questions about its test scores from 2006 to 2010…. A USA TODAY investigation, based on documents and data secured under D.C.’s Freedom of Information Act, found that 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.” (USA Today)

Hanky-panky to make a government school look good?

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