When I spoke in Rhode Island in October, I said that test scores were at their highest point in the past 40 years. I also said that the rate of increase had slowed after the passage of NCLB and Race to the Top. The largest recent gains occurred from 2000-2003, before the implementation of NCLB. Whoever writes the PolitiFact column for the Providence Journal claimed that my statements were “mostly false,” for reasons I did not understand, since I had the graphs from the US Department of Education to back me up.

I wrote a response, which the paper did not print.

Historian-teacher John Thompson corrected PolitiFact as well, included in the previous link.

The newspaper just issued a correction, admitting its error.

It is good to set the record straight.