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Rhee’s Popularity Rises with the Public, but Not with the Powerful

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Michelle Rhee’s public popularity has shifted upward within the District of Columbia, pollsters tell us, but the elites who chair the committee set up by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Science to assess Rhee’s chancellorship are holding firm to their anti-Rhee convictions, no matter what the evidence.

In my recent Education Next essay, I identified the biases and inaccuracies in their report on Rhee’s chancellorship. Specifically, I pointed out that gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress under Rhee’s tenure were much larger than average gains for the other ten urban school districts participating in the assessment in 8th grade math and in 4th grade reading and math. (I also reported that 8th grade reading results are less favorable for the District of Columbia.)

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