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Gist called for investigation of DC test results now in question

April 1, 2011

When she was Superintendent of Washington, D.C. public schools, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist requested an investigation of high erasure rates on state tests, which are now the subject of controversy.

 In a 2008 memo to then Schools Chancelor Michelle Rhee, Gist notes a higher than usual number of erasures in the answer sheets from several classrooms and ask Rhee to look into the matter.

“There are many reasons that a class could have more erasures than other classes,” Gist wrote. “However, it is important that we can ensure that all procedures that are available to us are employed to guarantee the validity of the state assessment.”

The high erasure rates are now the subject of a USA Today investigation that suggests evidence of a possible cheating scandal during Rhee and Gist’s tenure. The article alleges that Rhee balked at Gist’s call for an investigation, though Rhee now says she would support the idea of looking into the suspicious test results.

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  1. April 3, 2011 12:19 am

    It isn’t just that she called for an investigation. She called for it, was completely stonewalled, and then left.

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