Testing Michelle Rhee

August 27, 2009 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

From Learning Matters: Testing Michelle Rhee.

It was a little over two years ago that we began following Michelle Rhee’s efforts to change what was one of the country’s worst public school systems.  Over the course of nine episodes, we have captured her no-nonsense candor that has been a hallmark of her first two years.  And now we finish two years of coverage with our 10th episode.  In this report we ask the question, “Is education better in DC today?” The test scores say ‘yes,’ because almost half of elementary students are now on grade level, according to the city’s year-end DC-CAS test. That may not sound like much, but when Rhee took over, only 29% were on grade level in math. But some say that higher scores alone do not necessarily mean better schools.  Watch as both sides present their case in this complex debate.


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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