Dishonesty From Eric Boehlert on Twitter
There have been several stories about allegations of cheating on standardized tests in Washington DC durning Michelle Rhee’s tenure as Superintendent.
It should be noted the allegations have not been proven. In fact, an investigation has already been conducted and has shown there was no wrongdoing. That hasn’t stopped critics of Michelle Rhee from assuming the allegations are 100% true. We’ve seen this before when reformers do bold things. When Jaime Escalante took kids from barrio schools in Los Angeles and had them taking and passing the Advanced Placement Test, the Education Testing Service suspected cheating because students had similar incorrect answers. In the case of Washington DC, cheating has been suspected because of adversely high “erasure rates.” Meaning a lot of choices were made, then erased and new choices made.
Eric Boehlert of Media Matters doesn’t need any convincing. He believes there has been cheating and of course, Michelle Rhee is to blame. Here was his first tweet on the issue:
I assume Michelle Rhee will respond to USA Today report that DC students cheated their way to higher test scores; http://bit.ly/gA0fAs
He then goes on to whine that Michelle Rhee’s response to the accusations is “weak” without providing any kind of explanation himself. He goes on, assuming the cheating accusations are true and again blaming Rhee:
Michelle Rhee put major pressure on DC schools to raise test scores w/o implementing testing security. So gee, guess what happened?
So far, all of this is nothing more than Boehlert revealing what a left wing partisan he is. But then he moves on to one of his specialties which is sheer dishonesty. He posted the following tweet:
Boehlert must assume his fans are too lazy to actually click the link he posted and actually read the story. After all, he’s quoting Rhee so what’s the problem? But, I actually did click through. Let’s read, shall we?
“In no instance did Caveon conclude that cheating had been revealed by the process. Instead, plausible explanations were provided as to the reason for the high erasure rates,” said the company in a statement.
“…said the company in a statement.”
So the statement was made by Caveon who conducted the aforementioned investigation, not by Michelle Rhee as Boehlert claims. One could say it was a mistake on Boehlert’s part, but considering his history and who he works for, that explanation doesn’t hold up.