Rhee gave Noyes Principal Wayne Ryan and his teachers cash bonuses in 2008 and again in 2010, referring to the school as one of D.C.’s “shining stars.”
Falling star would have been a more accurate description. In 2009-10, Noyes’ reading scores plunged 23 points. More alarming, 80 percent of its classrooms were flagged by CTB/McGraw-Hill’s electronic scanners for abnormally high wrong-answer-to-right-answer erasures. [Rhee knew this when she promoted Ryan. See story here.]
But Rhee and Deputy Mayor of Education Victor Reinoso failed to act on a 2008 recommendation by former State Superintendent of Education Deborah Gist, so no D.C. schools with abnormal erasure rates were investigated — including one that received a TEAM award from Rhee even though its erasure rate was 10 times the district average.
But that appears to be the case. Four years after Rhee instituted a slew of long-awaited reforms, 2011 test scores are down slightly for the second year in a row. Overall proficiency rates in elementary reading and math are in the disappointingly low 43rd percentile. …
Erasing your way to the top is no way to run a school system — or leave a legacy that lasts.”
Posted: 10:30AM, July 13, 2011