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Tony Bennett misusing data for political benefit? Shocking!

NOTE TO READERS: The original version of this post included a sentence in which Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett was quoted as characterizing the 2013 FCAT Writing results as "incredible improvement." The quote was taken from the following Orlando Sentinel article: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-fcat-scores-2013-20130524,0,6397177.story However, it seems that the article quotes Commmissioner Bennett slightly out of context. According to a NPR StateImpact story (http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/05/24/bennett-ready-to-drill-into-the-data-to-improve-fcat-reading-scores/), Commissioner Bennett was referring specifically to the FCAT Writing results among fourth graders, rather than overall, as implied in the Orlando Sentinel article (and this post). The sentence containing the quote has therefore been deleted, with apologies. MD

When reporters, news agencies, and the like receive these "media packets," why do journalists and reporters actually investigate and educate themselves on this before they report it?? I don't get it, isn't that their job??

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