'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The nation's capital had the worst four-year high school graduation rate in the country in 2010-2011, a finding that suggests the city has more work to do to reform its historically troubled school system.
"It's supposed to be measuring the same thing, but there's a big difference in the two sets of numbers," Mr. Whitehurst said. "That raises issues of which numbers should we be believing."
His skepticism, Mr. Whitehurst said, lies in the comparison between numbers the Department of Education presented and figures used by the National Center for Education Statistics, which on its website calls itself the "primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education."