When hundreds of classrooms are flagged by the testing company itself for extremely suspicious numbers of wrong-to-right erasures, and the testing company itself complains to the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, there ought to be a serious investigation.
However, it doesn’t look like that’s happening, even though the federal Department of Education’s Inspector General has gotten involved as well. Why do I say that?
Because ten or twenty interviews isn’t enough.
Here is a telling quote from an article by Bill Turque in the Washington Post today:
Some D.C. observers said the Atlanta probe, ordered in 2010 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) after he declared a local investigation “woefully inadequate,” should be a model for the District. The Georgia inquiry was headed by two former district attorneys and staffed by nearly 60 agents and other personnel of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Investigators had subpoena power to compel testimony and offer immunity from prosecution to those who cooperated. According to the 800-page report, they conducted more than 2,100 interviews and reviewed more than 800,000 documents. [emphasis added]
By contrast, the District’s inquiry has been much smaller in scope. Burke [of the federal Ed Dept IG office] would not disclose how many investigators are assigned, but he said the office has conducted 10 interviews, with at least eight more scheduled. He added that investigators have been slowed because of the summer break. [emphasis added]
Eighteen interviews? That’s a joke!
None of my own phone calls or messages left on answering machines with the DC Inspector General’s office have produced any response.
And looking at the reports produced by our OIG for the past few months, I can see why. It just doesn’t look as if our current Inspector General believes in going after important cases. Just about every single case I see reported at the OIG website concerns individuals and “nickel-and-dime” cases. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself.