For a decade, Washington, DC, has been a national model for school reform. Then, in January, an audit showed 1/3rd of graduates should not have received diplomas. How could this have gone unnoticed? AEI’s Rick Hess argues that the case of DC public schools should serve as a wakeup call for the larger school reform community, which has been heavy on cheerleading and light on skepticism.

ARTICLE – DC graduation scandal shows how an uncritical gaze leads reformers astray

ARTICLE – DC’s dishonest record graduation rate is a disgrace—here’s how to fix it

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