SAT Scores for Blacks

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"Author: Bishop, Wayne
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Thanks for the nice reminder as to why I do not even open his messages. Wayne"

What Wayne is responding to is the following unsubstantiated, and actually provably false claim by Robert Hansen:

 



>In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a
>perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3
>scored a perfect 800 on both.

 



The College Board keeps very close track of all these statistics, and you will never see them agree with that statement. Instead you will see the following:

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/2010-total-group-profile-report-cbs.pdf

IF scores this low follow a perfect Gaussian Distribution, and IF the relatively large standard deviation reported by the College Board is accurate, and IF only Blacks are represented in these test scores and don't include Whites pretending to be Blacks (in order to qualify for affirmative action admission), THEN, and only then, would the 429 SAT math score (SD 97) for the 196,961 Blacks who took the SAT in 2010 indicate that a grand total of 6 Black test takers would have scored 622: 

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But IF only 100 of them were Whites pretending to be Blacks, then NO Black scored higher than 600.

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And IF the standard deviation is actually 80 like it is on other tests rather than 97, then NO Black scored higher than 600.

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And IF the Gaussian Distribution is more like a spike like it is for Black salaries, rather than the smooth curve you see for data which is closer to the median, THEN it's entirely possible that no Black actually scored higher than 500.

 

In statistical terms, if ONE, or TEN, or even one HUNDRED Blacks, DID score 800, it would be such an obvious outlier that it must be removed for further research and examination, or in the case of CHEATING educators like Beverly Hall, PROSECUTION.


A score of 800 is more than two standard deviations higher than where ANY Black has ever scored since the beginning of the SAT, so, yes, Blacks ARE universally failing, and it's the very SAT math test you cite which PROVES either that, or that our approach to educating Blacks is not only a colossal failure, but it destroyed education opportunities for ALL races.

To be more precise, of the 196,961 Blacks who took the SAT test in 2010, a maximum of six of them would have scored 622, IF, and only IF, scores this law fit a perfect Gaussian Distribution (which is actually not very likely). This is FOUR STANDARD deviations higher than the average SAT math score for Blacks of 428. Five standard deviations higher than that is 671, where even American educators can figure out for themselves that NO Black ever scored. A score of 719 is six standard deviations higher than their average, a score of 767 is seven standard deviations higher, and a score of 816 is EIGHT STANDARD DEVIATIONS higher than the average SAT math score for Blacks in 2010.

NO member of ANY group ever falls six standard deviations out of their mean for ANY measurement, ANY time, ANY place on the planet, much less 7 SD, much less 8 SD.

It's absolutely absurd for any educator to believe such bs. And it's CRIMINAL for Cal Tech to allow such a claim to be associated with their good name.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the nice reminder as to why I do not even open his messages.

Wayne

At 09:59 AM 8/26/2011, Robert Hansen wrote:
>Jk...
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>http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf
>
>In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a
>perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3
>scored a perfect 800 on both.
>
>I don't have the numbers for scoring 600, but they would be higher
>than these numbers.
>
>Blacks do not universally fail the SAT. In fact some blacks score
>higher on the SAT than you did. Stop lying.


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Jk, I don't think you have 110,462 individual SAT scores. If you do have this data please share it. Averages don't cut it. You are making universal statements that would require an examination of individual scores. Regarding TIMSS, I actually have the individual scores and will post them this evening. And the blacks that succeed on TIMSS succeed in the exact same manner as whites, asians and every other possible grouping.

> " http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf
>
> In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43
> students scored a perfect 800 on the verbal, 24
> scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3 scored a
> perfect 800 on both.
>
> I don't have the numbers for scoring 600, but they
> would be higher than these numbers.
>
> Blacks do not universally fail the SAT. In fact some
> blacks score higher on the SAT than you did. Stop
> lying."
>
> I have the 1997 SAT math scores for Blacks directly
> from the NCES web site. I guarantee you that it's an
> absolute and verifiable and proven falsehood that ANY
> American black ever scored 800 in anything other than
> a test conducted by Beverly Hall et. al.
>
> Unlike the NAEP, the College Board does not condone
> cheating and lying, and would cause it to be
> published in every newspaper worldwide if they ever
> discovered a Black who even scored as high as 600 in
> SAT math.
>
> Do you know why they didn't? Because it never
> happened. And you can PROVE this for yourself at the
> following url:
>
> http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-res
> earch/sat/cb-seniors-2010
>
> Ditto for TIMSS where Blacks all around the world
> follow the exact same pattern as American Blacks in
> math testing:
>
> http://timss.bc.edu/PDF/t03_download/T03TECHRPT.pdf

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"This is a lie. Of course, "assuming the most optimum case of a normal Guassian Distribution" could mean anything."


IF scores this low follow a perfect Gaussian Distribution, and IF the relatively large standard deviation reported by the College Board is accurate, and IF only Blacks are represented in these test scores and don't include Whites pretending to be Blacks (in order to qualify for affirmative action admission), THEN, and only then, would the 429 SAT math score (SD 97) for the 196,961 Blacks who took the SAT in 2010 indicate that a grand total of 6 Black test takers would have scored 622.

But IF only 100 of them were Whites pretending to be Blacks, then NO Black scored higher than 600.

And IF the standard deviation is actually 80 like it is on other tests rather than 97, then NO Black scored higher than 600.

And IF the Gaussian Distribution is more like a spike like it is for Black salaries, rather than the smooth curve you see for data which is closer to the median, THEN it's entirely possible that no Black actually scored higher than 500.

In statistical terms, if ONE, or TEN, or even one HUNDRED Blacks, DID score 800, it would be such an obvious outlier that it must be removed for further research and examination.


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"http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf

In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3 scored a perfect 800 on both.

I don't have the numbers for scoring 600, but they would be higher than these numbers.

Blacks do not universally fail the SAT. In fact some blacks score higher on the SAT than you did. Stop lying."

I have the 1997 SAT math scores for Blacks directly from the NCES web site. I guarantee you that it's an absolute and verifiable and proven falsehood that ANY American black ever scored 800 in anything other than a test conducted by Beverly Hall et. al.

Unlike the NAEP, the College Board does not condone cheating and lying, and would cause it to be published in every newspaper worldwide if they ever discovered a Black who even scored as high as 600 in SAT math.

Do you know why they didn't? Because it never happened. And you can PROVE this for yourself at the following url:

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2010

Ditto for TIMSS where Blacks all around the world follow the exact same pattern as American Blacks in math testing:

http://timss.bc.edu/PDF/t03_download/T03TECHRPT.pdf


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There's not a single state where Blacks show a different pattern in SAT math. This is just a select few states to keep the graph simple.


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"http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf

In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3 scored a perfect 800 on both.

I don't have the numbers for scoring 600, but they would be higher than these numbers.

Blacks do not universally fail the SAT. In fact some blacks score higher on the SAT than you did. Stop lying."

I have the 1997 SAT math scores for Blacks directly from the NCES web site. I guarantee you that it's an absolute and verifiable and proven falsehood that ANY American black ever scored 800 in anything other than a test conducted by Beverly Hall et. al.

Unlike the NAEP, the College Board does not condone cheating and lying, and would cause it to be published in every newspaper worldwide if they ever discovered a Black who even scored as high as 600 in SAT math.

Do you know why they didn't? Because it never happened. And you can PROVE this for yourself at the following url:

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2010

Ditto for TIMSS where Blacks all around the world follow the exact same pattern as American Blacks in math testing:

http://timss.bc.edu/PDF/t03_download/T03TECHRPT.pdf

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Jk...

http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf

In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3 scored a perfect 800 on both.

I don't have the numbers for scoring 600, but they would be higher than these numbers.

Blacks do not universally fail the SAT. In fact some blacks score higher on the SAT than you did. Stop lying.


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jk wrote...

"When broken down by state, and assuming the most optimum case of a normal Gaussian Distribution, no Black in any state has ever scored higher than 600 in SAT math."

This is a lie. Of course, "assuming the most optimum case of a normal Guassian Distribution" could mean anything.


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There's not a single state where Blacks show a different pattern in SAT math. This is just a select few states to keep the graph simple.

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jk wrote...

"When broken down by state, and assuming the most optimum case of a normal Gaussian Distribution, no Black in any state has ever scored higher than 600 in SAT math."

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Jk...

http://www.latticetheory.net/media/pdf/caltech.pdf

In 1997, 110,462 black students took the SAT. 43 students scored a perfect 800 on the verbal, 24 scored a perfect 800 on the math and 3 scored a perfect 800 on both.

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"There are people of all colors that score 50 points lower than what guessing would produce on the SAT. And there are blacks that have scored higher than you on the SAT."

This statement is a provable, utter, falsehood, which tells us nothing about Blacks and everything about the inability of our educators to come to grips with some KEY facts.

The College Board enables us to do an important, critical detailed analysis (by state) of the scores of Blacks which the mediots appear to have missed. When broken down by state, and assuming the most optimum case of a normal Gaussian Distribution, no Black in any state has ever scored higher than 600 in SAT math. For example, the 20,442 Blacks in Texas who took the SAT scored only 437 with a standard deviation of 93. Of those, 99 scored higher than 570, and none scored higher than 600. It's interesting that the states where you would expect Blacks to perform the best are where they performed the worst, and where you would expect them to perform worse than average is where they performed the best. For example, Blacks in Mississippi scored 453, which is 13 points higher than Blacks in Massachusetts (at 440) and 37 points higher than Blacks in New York (at 416). But even amongst these 206 higher scoring Blacks in Mississippi, only 6 of them scored higher than 550, and none scored higher than 570. And of the 23,035 Blacks in New York, 89 scored higher than 550, and none scored higher than 590. Of the 4,002 Blacks in Massachusetts, 48 scored higher than 550, 2 scored higher than 580, and none scored higher than 590. Of the 14,476 Blacks in California, 19 scored higher than 570 and none scored higher than 600. The 12,504 Blacks in NOrth Carolina scored 431, which is 15 points higher than Blacks in New York, but only 14 scored higher than 560 and none scored higher than 590.

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2010

This exact same pattern is repeated across the country, from state to state, until we get to the most coddled Blacks on the planet (where the cost to educate one child now exceeds $25,000, four times as much as in much higher states and countries), Washington, DC. Not only are their SAT scores the lowest for American Blacks (402 in SAT math), but so are their NAEP scores, and a crosslink study with IAEP scores shows they score even lower than Mozambique. After this unimaginable expenditure of time, dollars, and resources, of the 937 coddled Blacks in our nation's capitol who took the SAT test (the top of the lot), only 22 scored higher than 500 and one scored higher than 550.

The average score for Whites in many states (like North Dakota and Iowa) exceeds 610 to 612, which means that less than 2% of them score as low as the utterly HIGHEST scoring Blacks, in ANY state, and in ANY country.

If there's any place and any time in the world where this should have worked, this is the time and place. But for DECADES now,there has been ZERO improvement in their scores, and every attempt to prove otherwise has now been proven to have been based on LIES and CHEATING.

OR--might it be based on the abject inability of our current crop of educators to even grasp the problem, much less discuss it properly, much less make our education system competitive again?


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"There are people of all colors that score 50 points lower than what guessing would produce on the SAT. And there are blacks that have scored higher than you on the SAT."

This statement is a provable, utter, falsehood, which tells us nothing about Blacks and everything about the inability of our educators to come to grips with some KEY facts.

The College Board enables us to do an important, critical detailed analysis (by state) of the scores of Blacks which the mediots appear to have missed. When broken down by state, and assuming the most optimum case of a normal Gaussian Distribution, no Black in any state has ever scored higher than 600 in SAT math. For example, the 20,442 Blacks in Texas who took the SAT scored only 437 with a standard deviation of 93. Of those, 99 scored higher than 570, and none scored higher than 600. It's interesting that the states where you would expect Blacks to perform the best are where they performed the worst, and where you would expect them to perform worse than average is where they performed the best. For example, Blacks in Mississippi scored 453, which is 13 points higher than Blacks in Massachusetts (at 440) and 37 points higher than Blacks in New York (at 416). But even amongst these 206 higher scoring Blacks in Mississippi, only 6 of them scored higher than 550, and none scored higher than 570. And of the 23,035 Blacks in New York, 89 scored higher than 550, and none scored higher than 590. Of the 4,002 Blacks in Massachusetts, 48 scored higher than 550, 2 scored higher than 580, and none scored higher than 590. Of the 14,476 Blacks in California, 19 scored higher than 570 and none scored higher than 600. The 12,504 Blacks in NOrth Carolina scored 431, which is 15 points higher than Blacks in New York, but only 14 scored higher than 560 and none scored higher than 590.

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2010

This exact same pattern is repeated across the country, from state to state, until we get to the most coddled Blacks on the planet (where the cost to educate one child now exceeds $25,000, four times as much as in much higher states and countries), Washington, DC. Not only are their SAT scores the lowest for American Blacks (402 in SAT math), but so are their NAEP scores, and a crosslink study with IAEP scores shows they score even lower than Mozambique. After this unimaginable expenditure of time, dollars, and resources, of the 937 coddled Blacks in our nation's capitol who took the SAT test (the top of the lot), only 22 scored higher than 500 and one scored higher than 550.

The average score for Whites in many states (like North Dakota and Iowa) exceeds 610 to 612, which means that less than 2% of them score as low as the utterly HIGHEST scoring Blacks, in ANY state, and in ANY country.

If there's any place and any time in the world where this should have worked, this is the time and place. But for DECADES now,there has been ZERO improvement in their scores, and every attempt to prove otherwise has now been proven to have been based on LIES and CHEATING.

OR--might it be based on the abject inability of our current crop of educators to even grasp the problem, much less discuss it properly, much less make our education system competitive again?

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In SAT math in 2008, Whites in Massachusetts scored 537 and Blacks scored 431. But by 2010, Whites scored 539 and Blacks scored 434.

Whites in Iowa scored 612 and Blacks scored 502, but by 2010 Whites scored 638 and Blacks scored 468.

so in just two years, the SAT math point gap between Whites in Iowa and Whites in Massachusetts increased from 75 points to 99 points, while the gap for Blacks decreased from 71 to 34.

In just two years, the TOTAL gap for all three portions of the SAT between Whites in Iowa and Whites in Massachusetts increased from 219 to 251

Math:

2008
Whites Iowa 612
Whites Massachusetts 537
Gap 75

2010
Whites Iowa 638
Whites Massachusetts 539
Gap 99

Critical reading:

2008
Whites Iowa 613
Whites Massachusetts 529
Gap 84

2010
Whites Iowa 618
Whites Massachusetts 529
Gap 89


Writing:


2008
Whites Iowa 588
Whites Massachusetts 528
Gap 60 points


2010
Whites Iowa 589
Whites Massachusetts 526
Gap 63




At a time when Massachusetts is proclaiming great strides in education (and claiming to have increased their performance in NAEP math from 37th place out of 50 states 2 decades ago to close to the top today), quiet, unassuming little Iowa (as well as a number of other states) managed to increase an already huge 219 SAT point lead over Massachusetts to a whopping 251 point lead, a gap which in each subject area is a standard deviation.

This is consistent with Governor Perdue's inference that NAEP scores have also been tampered with. And raises serious questions about how honest they've been with their claims (conflicting claims) that "the gap" decreased.

We gave Beverly Hall the world, and she chose a life of crime. The public consensus is that she belongs in prison, not a position of power, and especially not in our once enviable school system, or anywhere close to our children. Michelle Rhee could quickly become a member of this prison gang. why did they choose a life of crime rather than honoring their oaths and contracts? It's not sufficient that they merely go down in infamy as confirmed liars. It's not sufficient that any educator who sees the very low SAT verbal and SAT math and SAT critical reading scores of American Blacks and proclaims "If blacks were universally failing on the SAT ... but they are not" be held in the same low esteem.

In every which way it can be measured, Blacks ARE failing in our education system, and scoring lower than if they'd just guessed on SAT tests (which they DO, in EVERY state) is just ONE indicator. How much influence do you think our educators have on American Black male youths when, according to the FBI, they are FOUR HUNDRED TIMES as likely to be murdered, and THREE HUNDRED TIMES MORE lilely to be murderers, than Black male youths in Mozambique, or Botswana, or Ghana? Have our educators saved even one life, or is their attempt to force unwilling Blacks into a White education mold precisely what causes the problem?


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In SAT math in 2008, Whites in Massachusetts scored 537 and Blacks scored 431. But by 2010, Whites scored 539 and Blacks scored 434.

Whites in Iowa scored 612 and Blacks scored 502, but by 2010 Whites scored 638 and Blacks scored 468.

so in just two years, the SAT math point gap between Whites in Iowa and Whites in Massachusetts increased from 75 points to 99 points, while the gap for Blacks decreased from 71 to 34.

In just two years, the TOTAL gap for all three portions of the SAT between Whites in Iowa and Whites in Massachusetts increased from 219 to 251

Math:

2008
Whites Iowa 612
Whites Massachusetts 537
Gap 75

2010
Whites Iowa 638
Whites Massachusetts 539
Gap 99

Critical reading:

2008
Whites Iowa 613
Whites Massachusetts 529
Gap 84

2010
Whites Iowa 618
Whites Massachusetts 529
Gap 89


Writing:


2008
Whites Iowa 588
Whites Massachusetts 528
Gap 60 points


2010
Whites Iowa 589
Whites Massachusetts 526
Gap 63




At a time when Massachusetts is proclaiming great strides in education (and claiming to have increased their performance in NAEP math from 37th place out of 50 states 2 decades ago to close to the top today), quiet, unassuming little Iowa (as well as a number of other states) managed to increase an already huge 219 SAT point lead over Massachusetts to a whopping 251 point lead, a gap which in each subject area is a standard deviation.

This is consistent with Governor Perdue's inference that NAEP scores have also been tampered with. And raises serious questions about how honest they've been with their claims (conflicting claims) that "the gap" decreased.

We gave Beverly Hall the world, and she chose a life of crime. The public consensus is that she belongs in prison, not a position of power, and especially not in our once enviable school system, or anywhere close to our children. Michelle Rhee could quickly become a member of this prison gang. why did they choose a life of crime rather than honoring their oaths and contracts? It's not sufficient that they merely go down in infamy as confirmed liars. It's not sufficient that any educator who sees the very low SAT verbal and SAT math and SAT critical reading scores of American Blacks and proclaims "If blacks were universally failing on the SAT ... but they are not" be held in the same low esteem.

In every which way it can be measured, Blacks ARE failing in our education system, and scoring lower than if they'd just guessed on SAT tests (which they DO, in EVERY state) is just ONE indicator. How much influence do you think our educators have on American Black male youths when, according to the FBI, they are FOUR HUNDRED TIMES as likely to be murdered, and THREE HUNDRED TIMES MORE lilely to be murderers, than Black male youths in Mozambique, or Botswana, or Ghana? Have our educators saved even one life, or is their attempt to force unwilling Blacks into a White education mold precisely what causes the problem?

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Are ALL of this nation's educators CHEATERS and LIARS? This article suggests that even Michelle Rhee, who at least was brave enough to take on the unions, also LIED about the obvious cheating scandal that all her awards were based on, OR was way toooo STUPID to see the obvious:

http://thewashingtonteacher.blogspot.com/


Why is Michelle Rhee Silent on the DC Cheating Scandal?
Disclaimer: I am not writing in my official capacity as WTU General Vice President, but rather as an announced candidate in the 2013 WTU elections and WTU member.
Candi Peterson


Michelle Rhee is refusing to talk to USA Today reporters about the testing cheating scandal that occurred on her watch while she was DC Public Schools Chancellor (2007-10). Hmmmm inquiring minds want to know why Ms. Rhee, with her infamous gift of gab won't open up on this topic ? The article below, which was featured in the NY Times newspaper on August 21 is a 'must read' on the latest controversy surrounding Rhee and USA Today.


By the way, someone sent me the featured photo of Rhee with students with tape over their mouths which is symbolic of the irony of this story.



August 21, 2011
Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal
By MICHAEL WINERIP
WASHINGTON — Why won’t Michelle Rhee talk to USA Today?

"Ms. Rhee, the chancellor of the Washington public schools from 2007 to 2010, is the national symbol of the data-driven, take-no-prisoners education reform movement.

It’s hard to find a media outlet, big or small, that she hasn’t talked to. She’s been interviewed by Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey. She’s been featured on a Time magazine cover holding a broom (to sweep away bad teachers). She was one of the stars of the documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

These days, as director of an advocacy group she founded, StudentsFirst, she crisscrosses the country pushing her education politics: she’s for vouchers and charter schools, against tenure, for teachers, but against their unions.

Always, she preens for the cameras. Early in her chancellorship, she was trailed for a story by the education correspondent of “PBS NewsHour,” John Merrow.

At one point, Ms. Rhee asked if his crew wanted to watch her fire a principal. “We were totally stunned,” Mr. Merrow said.

She let them set up the camera behind the principal and videotape the entire firing. “The principal seemed dazed,” said Mr. Merrow. “I’ve been reporting 35 years and never seen anything like it.”

And yet, as voracious as she is for the media spotlight, Ms. Rhee will not talk to USA Today.

At the end of March, three of the paper’s reporters — Marisol Bello, Jack Gillum and Greg Toppo — broke a story about the high rate of erasures and suspiciously high test-score gains at 41 Washington schools while Ms. Rhee was chancellor.

At some schools, they found the odds that so many answers had been changed from wrong to right randomly were 1 in 100 billion. In a fourth-grade class at Stanton Elementary, 97 percent of the erasures were from wrong to right. Districtwide, the average number of erasures for seventh graders was fewer than one per child, but for a seventh-grade class at Noyes Elementary, it was 12.7 per student. At Noyes Elementary in 2008, 84 percent of fourth graders were proficient in math, up from 22 percent in 2007.

Ms. Rhee’s reputation has rested on her schools’ test scores. Suddenly, a USA Today headline was asking, “were the gains real?” In this era of high-pressure testing, Washington has become another in a growing list of cheating scandals that has included Atlanta, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

It took the USA Today reporters a year to finish their three-part series. So many people were afraid to speak that Ms. Bello had to interview dozens to find one willing to be quoted. She knocked on teachers’ doors at 9:30 at night and hunted parents at PTA meetings. She met people in coffee shops where they would not be recognized, and never called or e-mailed sources at their schools.

Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for Ms. Rhee, said the reporters were “provided unprecedented time and access to report out their story,” including many meetings with senior staff members and the chief of data accountability. By last fall, Mr. Sevugan said, district officials’ patience was wearing thin. The deputy press secretary, Satiya Simmons, complained in an e-mail to a colleague, “Jack Gillum isn’t going away quietly, Uggh.”

“Just stop answering his e-mails,” advised Anita Dunn, a consultant who had been the communications director for President Obama.

The reporters made a dozen attempts to interview Ms. Rhee, directly and through her public relations representatives. Ms. Bello called Ms. Rhee’s cellphone daily, and finally got her on a Sunday.

“She said she wasn’t going to talk with us,” Ms. Bello recalled. “Her understanding was we were writing about” district schools “and she is no longer chancellor.”

On March 29, the day after the story came out, Ms. Rhee appeared on the PBS program “Tavis Smiley” and attacked USA Today.

“Are you suggesting this story is much ado about nothing, that this is lacking integrity, this story in USA Today?” Mr. Smiley asked.

“Absolutely,” Ms. Rhee said. “It absolutely lacks credibility.”

Mr. Smiley asked if she was concerned that she had put too much pressure on teachers and principals to raise scores. “We want educators to feel that pressure,” she answered.

Ms. Rhee emphasized that the district had hired a top security company, Caveon, to investigate in 2009, and was given a clean bill of health. The district released a statement from John Fremer, Caveon’s owner, saying, “The company did not find evidence of cheating at any of the schools.”

However, in subsequent interviews with USA Today and this reporter, Mr. Fremer made it clear that the scope of his inquiry was limited, and that the district had not requested that he do more. Indeed, Caveon’s report, posted on USA Today’s Web site, was full of sentences like, “Redacted was interviewed at redacted.”

Teachers described security as “excellent” and “very vigilant,” and investigators, for the most part, took their comments at face value.

It did not take Ms. Rhee long to realize she had miscalculated. Three days later, she told Bloomberg Radio she was “100 percent supportive” of a broader inquiry.

Still, she would not talk to USA Today. Mr. Sevugan gave no explanation, but pointed out that she had spoken with several other news outlets.

The reporters did not give up. On April 26, Emily Lenzner, a spokeswoman, wrote Mr. Gillum, “Michelle is willing to do an interview, but we’d like to do this in person.” She asked if they could hold their story, and arranged for a meeting on May 3 at the StudentsFirst office in Washington.

On May 2, another Rhee spokeswoman e-mailed to say the reporters were too interested in cheating and not enough in StudentsFirst. She said they could submit a list of questions.

There were 21 questions; Ms. Rhee did not answer 10 of the 11 about cheating.

Mr. Gillum, who recently took a job at The Associated Press, said he was surprised by how unresponsive Ms. Rhee has been. “She talks about how important data is, and our story is data driven,” he said.

So that people could make their own judgments, Linda Mathews, the project editor, posted the relevant public documents on the USA Today Web site.

Shortly after the follow-up story appeared, the district’s inspector general began what was supposed to be an inquiry, but in July The Washington Post reported that just one investigator had been assigned. “Basically it was one guy in a room who made 10 phone calls,” Mr. Toppo said.

Officials with the federal Department of Education have indicated that they are assisting with the investigation.

In Washington, two investigators spent five days at eight schools. In Atlanta, the state deployed 60 investigators who worked for 10 months at 56 schools. They produced a report that named all 178 people found cheating, including 82 who confessed. There was not a single case of “redacted and redacted doctoring redacted grade answer sheets at redacted.”

People in Atlanta could go to prison. Last week, a grand jury issued subpoenas seeking the names of school employees who had received bonuses for test scores. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that there were subpoenas for “signed copies” of “any and all oaths of office” taken by Beverly Hall, the former superintendent.

The three reporters still hope to interview Ms. Rhee. “Absolutely,” said Mr. Toppo.

Which brings things full circle: Why won’t Ms. Rhee talk to USA Today? "


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Are ALL of this nation's educators CHEATERS and LIARS? This article suggests that even Michelle Rhee, who at least was brave enough to take on the unions, also LIED about the obvious cheating scandal that all her awards were based on, OR was way toooo STUPID to see the obvious:

http://thewashingtonteacher.blogspot.com/


Why is Michelle Rhee Silent on the DC Cheating Scandal?
Disclaimer: I am not writing in my official capacity as WTU General Vice President, but rather as an announced candidate in the 2013 WTU elections and WTU member.
Candi Peterson


Michelle Rhee is refusing to talk to USA Today reporters about the testing cheating scandal that occurred on her watch while she was DC Public Schools Chancellor (2007-10). Hmmmm inquiring minds want to know why Ms. Rhee, with her infamous gift of gab won't open up on this topic ? The article below, which was featured in the NY Times newspaper on August 21 is a 'must read' on the latest controversy surrounding Rhee and USA Today.


By the way, someone sent me the featured photo of Rhee with students with tape over their mouths which is symbolic of the irony of this story.



August 21, 2011
Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal
By MICHAEL WINERIP
WASHINGTON — Why won’t Michelle Rhee talk to USA Today?

"Ms. Rhee, the chancellor of the Washington public schools from 2007 to 2010, is the national symbol of the data-driven, take-no-prisoners education reform movement.

It’s hard to find a media outlet, big or small, that she hasn’t talked to. She’s been interviewed by Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey. She’s been featured on a Time magazine cover holding a broom (to sweep away bad teachers). She was one of the stars of the documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

These days, as director of an advocacy group she founded, StudentsFirst, she crisscrosses the country pushing her education politics: she’s for vouchers and charter schools, against tenure, for teachers, but against their unions.

Always, she preens for the cameras. Early in her chancellorship, she was trailed for a story by the education correspondent of “PBS NewsHour,” John Merrow.

At one point, Ms. Rhee asked if his crew wanted to watch her fire a principal. “We were totally stunned,” Mr. Merrow said.

She let them set up the camera behind the principal and videotape the entire firing. “The principal seemed dazed,” said Mr. Merrow. “I’ve been reporting 35 years and never seen anything like it.”

And yet, as voracious as she is for the media spotlight, Ms. Rhee will not talk to USA Today.

At the end of March, three of the paper’s reporters — Marisol Bello, Jack Gillum and Greg Toppo — broke a story about the high rate of erasures and suspiciously high test-score gains at 41 Washington schools while Ms. Rhee was chancellor.

At some schools, they found the odds that so many answers had been changed from wrong to right randomly were 1 in 100 billion. In a fourth-grade class at Stanton Elementary, 97 percent of the erasures were from wrong to right. Districtwide, the average number of erasures for seventh graders was fewer than one per child, but for a seventh-grade class at Noyes Elementary, it was 12.7 per student. At Noyes Elementary in 2008, 84 percent of fourth graders were proficient in math, up from 22 percent in 2007.

Ms. Rhee’s reputation has rested on her schools’ test scores. Suddenly, a USA Today headline was asking, “were the gains real?” In this era of high-pressure testing, Washington has become another in a growing list of cheating scandals that has included Atlanta, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

It took the USA Today reporters a year to finish their three-part series. So many people were afraid to speak that Ms. Bello had to interview dozens to find one willing to be quoted. She knocked on teachers’ doors at 9:30 at night and hunted parents at PTA meetings. She met people in coffee shops where they would not be recognized, and never called or e-mailed sources at their schools.

Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for Ms. Rhee, said the reporters were “provided unprecedented time and access to report out their story,” including many meetings with senior staff members and the chief of data accountability. By last fall, Mr. Sevugan said, district officials’ patience was wearing thin. The deputy press secretary, Satiya Simmons, complained in an e-mail to a colleague, “Jack Gillum isn’t going away quietly, Uggh.”

“Just stop answering his e-mails,” advised Anita Dunn, a consultant who had been the communications director for President Obama.

The reporters made a dozen attempts to interview Ms. Rhee, directly and through her public relations representatives. Ms. Bello called Ms. Rhee’s cellphone daily, and finally got her on a Sunday.

“She said she wasn’t going to talk with us,” Ms. Bello recalled. “Her understanding was we were writing about” district schools “and she is no longer chancellor.”

On March 29, the day after the story came out, Ms. Rhee appeared on the PBS program “Tavis Smiley” and attacked USA Today.

“Are you suggesting this story is much ado about nothing, that this is lacking integrity, this story in USA Today?” Mr. Smiley asked.

“Absolutely,” Ms. Rhee said. “It absolutely lacks credibility.”

Mr. Smiley asked if she was concerned that she had put too much pressure on teachers and principals to raise scores. “We want educators to feel that pressure,” she answered.

Ms. Rhee emphasized that the district had hired a top security company, Caveon, to investigate in 2009, and was given a clean bill of health. The district released a statement from John Fremer, Caveon’s owner, saying, “The company did not find evidence of cheating at any of the schools.”

However, in subsequent interviews with USA Today and this reporter, Mr. Fremer made it clear that the scope of his inquiry was limited, and that the district had not requested that he do more. Indeed, Caveon’s report, posted on USA Today’s Web site, was full of sentences like, “Redacted was interviewed at redacted.”

Teachers described security as “excellent” and “very vigilant,” and investigators, for the most part, took their comments at face value.

It did not take Ms. Rhee long to realize she had miscalculated. Three days later, she told Bloomberg Radio she was “100 percent supportive” of a broader inquiry.

Still, she would not talk to USA Today. Mr. Sevugan gave no explanation, but pointed out that she had spoken with several other news outlets.

The reporters did not give up. On April 26, Emily Lenzner, a spokeswoman, wrote Mr. Gillum, “Michelle is willing to do an interview, but we’d like to do this in person.” She asked if they could hold their story, and arranged for a meeting on May 3 at the StudentsFirst office in Washington.

On May 2, another Rhee spokeswoman e-mailed to say the reporters were too interested in cheating and not enough in StudentsFirst. She said they could submit a list of questions.

There were 21 questions; Ms. Rhee did not answer 10 of the 11 about cheating.

Mr. Gillum, who recently took a job at The Associated Press, said he was surprised by how unresponsive Ms. Rhee has been. “She talks about how important data is, and our story is data driven,” he said.

So that people could make their own judgments, Linda Mathews, the project editor, posted the relevant public documents on the USA Today Web site.

Shortly after the follow-up story appeared, the district’s inspector general began what was supposed to be an inquiry, but in July The Washington Post reported that just one investigator had been assigned. “Basically it was one guy in a room who made 10 phone calls,” Mr. Toppo said.

Officials with the federal Department of Education have indicated that they are assisting with the investigation.

In Washington, two investigators spent five days at eight schools. In Atlanta, the state deployed 60 investigators who worked for 10 months at 56 schools. They produced a report that named all 178 people found cheating, including 82 who confessed. There was not a single case of “redacted and redacted doctoring redacted grade answer sheets at redacted.”

People in Atlanta could go to prison. Last week, a grand jury issued subpoenas seeking the names of school employees who had received bonuses for test scores. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that there were subpoenas for “signed copies” of “any and all oaths of office” taken by Beverly Hall, the former superintendent.

The three reporters still hope to interview Ms. Rhee. “Absolutely,” said Mr. Toppo.

Which brings things full circle: Why won’t Ms. Rhee talk to USA Today? "

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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

Another point I need to make is that I don't believe you can find a single post of mine which even begins to claim that "whites, or even Asians, are [] universally succeeding", as my main point is just the opposite of that. While Professor Lynn puts Italy's IQ at 102, their test scores on all the standardized international math tests puts their IQ at closer to 93. Ditto for Spain, who scores even lower than the good ole' U.S.A. on some of these key indicators. And Asians who come to this country to enjoy our mode of education do very poorly relative to their pure bred brethren back home. So my real view of who IS succeeding might be closer to Haim's than to yours.

You might expect that states with high percentages of Italian or Spanish ancestry would score very low? And guess what? You're RIGHT? Even when broken down by race, Whites in those states score as much as 300 SAT points lower than states with low Italian and Spanish ancestry.

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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

Another point I need to make is that I don't believe you can find a single post of mine which even begins to claim that "whites, or even Asians, are [] universally succeeding", as my main point is just the opposite of that. While Professor Lynn puts Italy's IQ at 102, their test scores on all the standardized international math tests puts their IQ at closer to 93. Ditto for Spain, who scores even lower than the good ole' U.S.A. on some of these key indicators. And Asians who come to this country to enjoy our mode of education do very poorly relative to their pure bred brethren back home. So my real view of who IS succeeding might be closer to Haim's than to yours.

You might expect that states with high percentages of Italian or Spanish ancestry would score very low? And guess what? You're RIGHT? Even when broken down by race, Whites in those states score as much as 300 SAT points lower than states with low Italian and Spanish ancestry.


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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

The other problem with your above statement is that it's really confusing. Are you saying that if blacks are "universally failing on the SAT" that we should NOT discuss it, that we SHOULD discuss it, or that you just don't WANT to discuss it even if they ARE universally failing?

IF they ARE "universally failing on the SAT", then I would say that turning our entire education system upside down, and quadrupling the cost of education per student, JUST to teach them math, certainly IS worthy of discussion, and that this is the very forum on which this discussion should be held.

The most coddled Blacks on the planet are in Washington, Dc, where HALF of the Blacks of high school age aren't even in school. The other half who ARE in school (supposedly the upper half) score lower on ALL these tests (NAEP, ACT, SAT, and IAEP) than the average student in Mozambique where education spending is less than 1% of GDP.

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/District_of_Columbia_CBS_08.pdf

Yet these fewest, most coddled, most expensively educated Black boys in DC score 392 in SAT math. The only people who score lower are Black girls in DC who score 376. There are no White boys or girls in any state who score that low, with White boys in the SAME school district in DC scoring 633.

If this is not proof positive that Black boys in DC ARE "universally failing on the SAT", then what possibly COULD be?

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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

The other problem with your above statement is that it's really confusing. Are you saying that if blacks are "universally failing on the SAT" that we should NOT discuss it, that we SHOULD discuss it, or that you just don't WANT to discuss it even if they ARE universally failing?

IF they ARE "universally failing on the SAT", then I would say that turning our entire education system upside down, and quadrupling the cost of education per student, JUST to teach them math, certainly IS worthy of discussion, and that this is the very forum on which this discussion should be held.

The most coddled Blacks on the planet are in Washington, Dc, where HALF of the Blacks of high school age aren't even in school. The other half who ARE in school (supposedly the upper half) score lower on ALL these tests (NAEP, ACT, SAT, and IAEP) than the average student in Mozambique where education spending is less than 1% of GDP.

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/District_of_Columbia_CBS_08.pdf

Yet these fewest, most coddled, most expensively educated Black boys in DC score 392 in SAT math. The only people who score lower are Black girls in DC who score 376. There are no White boys or girls in any state who score that low, with White boys in the SAME school district in DC scoring 633.

If this is not proof positive that Black boys in DC ARE "universally failing on the SAT", then what possibly COULD be?

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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

It's hard to believe that you've actually seen (or understood) the data to make such an assumption, or reach such a conclusion.

Blacks across the world have consistently scored lower than if they'd just guessed on ALL of these standardized--SAT, GRE, TIMSS, and now in both Botswana and Ghana on TIMSS (where they scored 300 POINTS lower than Hong Kong in TIMSS math at the EIGHTH GRADE level).

You can whiiine racism all you want, but it is a certifiable, verifiable fact which if you took just a few minutes to research it, even you could know, or understand, or finally realize the TRUTH of.


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Scoring of the GRE Quantitative test is similar to that for the SAT Math test which consists of one essay question which can be scored only by subjective means, opening it up to controversy about whether or not it's valid or accurate. The most objective part of the test are the 225 five part multiple choice questions which attempt to measure the probability of a student succeeding in college or graduate school. About 1/4th of these questions can be answered strictly from rote memorization. For simplicity we include the three quarters of the test which require some form of reasoning or calculation which can be measured objectively.

Both tests have a base score of 200 which is assigned when a student signs their name. Of the 600 points between 200 and 800, another 150 points can be gained by knowing the subjects but not exhibiting any reasoning or critical thinking skills, for a total score thus far of 350. If a person were to just guess on the balance of the five part multiple choice questions without evaluating the answers in any way whatsoever, he would on average get 20% of them correct just by chance, for another 90 points and a total score of 440.

TIMSS is similar, except that a detailed analysis of it shows that a person who exhibits no critical thinking skills would score around 472.


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Scoring of the GRE Quantitative test is similar to that for the SAT Math test which consists of one essay question which can be scored only by subjective means, opening it up to controversy about whether or not it's valid or accurate. The most objective part of the test are the 225 five part multiple choice questions which attempt to measure the probability of a student succeeding in college or graduate school. About 1/4th of these questions can be answered strictly from rote memorization. For simplicity we include the three quarters of the test which require some form of reasoning or calculation which can be measured objectively.

Both tests have a base score of 200 which is assigned when a student signs their name. Of the 600 points between 200 and 800, another 150 points can be gained by knowing the subjects but not exhibiting any reasoning or critical thinking skills, for a total score thus far of 350. If a person were to just guess on the balance of the five part multiple choice questions without evaluating the answers in any way whatsoever, he would on average get 20% of them correct just by chance, for another 90 points and a total score of 440.

TIMSS is similar, except that a detailed analysis of it shows that a person who exhibits no critical thinking skills would score around 472.

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"If blacks were universally failing on the SAT then this would hardly be worth discussion, but they are not. And whites, or even Asians, are not universally succeeding. The world isn't that simple and if all you can understand is simple then you have probably picked the wrong subject to talk to."

It's hard to believe that you've actually seen (or understood) the data to make such an assumption, or reach such a conclusion.

Blacks across the world have consistently scored lower than if they'd just guessed on ALL of these standardized--SAT, GRE, TIMSS, and now in both Botswana and Ghana on TIMSS (where they scored 300 POINTS lower than Hong Kong in TIMSS math at the EIGHTH GRADE level).

You can whiiine racism all you want, but it is a certifiable, verifiable fact which if you took just a few minutes to research it, even you could know, or understand, or finally realize the TRUTH of.

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