Friday, September 03, 2004

Did Georgia's schools cheat again?

From Bush's speech last night:
In northeast Georgia, Gainesville Elementary School is mostly Hispanic and 90 percent poor-and this year 90 percent of its students passed state tests in reading and math.
Last year in Georgia the state reading and math tests had to be scratched at the last minute for all but fourth-sixth- and eighth-graders after it was learned that some teachers had inadvertently used actual test questions to prepare students.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mary MacDonald 6-03-2004

Did the schools cheat like the ones in Texas did when Bush was governor? Isn't it suspicious when ALL the schools in Zell Miller's home state had to throw out an entire year's test results for five out of the eight grades?

The stakes are high. The teachers and administrators might loose their jobs if they don't manipulate the system. How many kids were "ill" that day? Were there any kids that didn't look like they were going to score high quietly dropped from the roles so as not to throw off the score? Were the Bart Simpsons and Ralph Wiggims of the world told to play out side while the Lisa Simpsons and Martin Princes of the world told to take the test?

They had the means, motive and opportunity and they have a verifiable history of screwing it up. The results might be real. I'm just saying.


PusBoy said...

Very nice catch. Of course, the GOP is above reproach, and they would never use possibly faulty data to support one of their positions.

7:52 AM  
spocko said...

Yep. As Ralph Wiggum would say, "Bush uses faulty data? That's unpossible."

1:25 PM  

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