At this point, it's quite clear that the cheating scandal has not been thoroughly investigated. But here's an interesting twist: there is already a national group charged with evaluating the progress of Washington D.C.'s schools, the National Research Council.
The National Research Council, a quasi-governmental agency, has been charged with evaluating D.C.'s schools. But information has come out that calls into question the validity of the standardized test results that will be used for that evaluation. There is simply no way the NRC can produce a credible report without vetting the collection of the data they will use to make their evaluation.
Again, it's clear: the cheating scandal was not thoroughly investigated, which means it is impossible for the NRC to do its job. So the next step is obvious:
The National Research Council must demand a comprehensive investigation of the D.C. cheating scandal, starting with the release of all relevant documents. That includes the memo Merrow references and ALL communications produced by Rhee and current chancellor Kaya Henderson related to the cheating allegations.
The NRC cannot do its job if there is any doubt that the test scores in D.C. have been corrupted. They have an ethical obligation to ensure that the data is valid. They must investigate whether there was widespread cheating under Rhee and Henderson; it's really that simple.
In the next few days, we'll talk about how to make this happen.
The National Research Council had better behave themselves...