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The Busy Intersection Of Test-Based Accountability And Public Perception

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Matt: I agree with your last paragraph about reporters. Disagree, however, with your willingness to give the benefit of the doubt to officials on their "probably unintentional" errors in releasing/reporting results in the most favorable, self-serving manner. If that was truly accidental, as many mistakes would be made in a negative direction instead of an always rose-colored positive one. To be blunt, districts knowingly engage in misrepresentation of student performance in what has unfortunately come to be expected:"institutional lying." This has become both the norm and the low standard for agencies and politicians. And we also tolerate their other partner in dishonesty--withholding data from the public. All the while, of course, giving lip service to accountability and transparency.

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