Wednesday, February 03, 2016
The DOE Finds 36 High Schools Abuse The Credit Recovery Program. Or Did They?
The DOE's task force on cheating quietly found that 36 high schools abused the "credit recovery" programs but in typical DOE fashion, refused to identify any of the 36 high schools and protecting wayward principals from public scrutiny.
Apparently, the DOE wrote a report that identified 36 high schools that inappropriately used the "credit recovery" program and recommended corrective action be taken. However, the report has not been made public and without a detailed review of the findings there is little way to know if the principals of these 36 schools were found to have inappropriately give out "free credits" or that the abuses were minor and did not significantly affect the credit accumulation of the students involved?
The problem is that the DOE has so far refused to make the anti-cheating task force report available to the media or general public. Therefore, one must take the report's conclusion with suspicion. Maybe, if an independent task force had prepared the report, I might believe it. However, the DOE has time and again found nothing wrong only to find major problems that the DOE ignored.
The Deputy Chancellor claims they were proactive but without a detailed inspection of the report and the data that went into the conclusions, there is no way to determine the accuracy and truthfulness of the conclusions.