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Improvement in DC school test scores questioned

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Were test scores from DC students really as good as officials said? The Chairman of the education committee says the public was not given the full truth and wants all involved terminated. But the Mayor's office says nothing improper was done.

Councilmember David Catania referred to the great results released to the public as a different kind of cheating. He's says the numbers were inflated for political reasons so the mayor would look better and he'll hold a hearing later this week to get to the bottom of this.

You'll remember when Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson called school principals and the media together to make the big announcement. CAS scores were in - and the results were great

But were they really as good as presented? It depends how you look at them. Councilmember Catania says an old grading model was used on a new test even though a new grading model was supposed to be used.

Catania says a new test and grading system were adopted after hundreds of thousands of dollars was spent with teacher input. But the office of the state superintendent office decided to use the old grading standards instead of the new ones.

The state superintendent office sent out their spokesperson to explain the decision telling us the decision was made to compare year to year scores instead of going with a new grading guidelines.

Mayor Gray's office said the Mayor was not aware of the old scoring method. It is the same message from Chancellor Henderson. Catania says was clearly a way to device the public and there should be consequences

It's important to note. If the state superintendent would have released the new testing model reading would have gone up, math would be way down. The difference over all proficiency would have been down.

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