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D.C. Schools See Huge Drop in Reading and Math Scores

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 7:40 PM EDT
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There's some bad news for D.C. schools caught in the middle of a cheating investigation. Standardized test scores are out and have slumped at a few of the schools involved in the probe.

Elaine Reyes

There's some bad news for D.C. schools caught in the middle of a cheating investigation. Standardized test scores are out and have slumped at a few of the schools involved in the probe.

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Some D.C. schools are not making the grade when it comes to reading and math scores.

Several schools currently under investigation for potential cheating scandals suffered massive drops in reading and math scores this year.

Noyes Education Campus in Northeast suffered the biggest fall, with the passage rate in the reading exam dropping more than 25 percentage points to 32 percent.

The school's passage rate in math fell as well, falling more than 20 points to 28 percent.

Noyes, along with Leckie Elementary in Southwest and C.W. Harris Elementary in Southeast were under investigation for security breaches, and all three suffered some sort of fall in passage rates in math or reading.

According to the Washington Post, classrooms in 11 schools that were flagged for possible cheating saw scores tumble.

Those schools included double-digit drops at J.O. Wilson Elementary in Northeast and Whittier Education Campus in Northwest.

Mayor Vincent Gray decline to comment on the results on Wednesday, saying he's waiting for a report from the Inspector General.

Tamara Revis, director of assessment and accountability for the office of the state superintendent of education, said in an interview with the Post, “We do feel the security for 2011 was superior, and we stand by the validity of these results."

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