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D.C. test scores see dramatic drop

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After some number crunching, some D.C. test scores from the past are being questioned.

Dramatic drops in test scores for some D.C. schools have parents and grandparents shaking their heads.

"it does make you suspicious why is was so high then and so low now," one parent said.

For example, Noyes School scored in the 80th percentile in 2009 for reading proficiency. Last week's results have that score down to just 31 percent. Math is down from 62 percent to 33 percent.

Erich Martel, a longtime D.C. schools whistleblower and former teacher, says since the school authorities tightened test security between the two sets of test, it suggests cheating.

"These scores suggest there was something wrong, and you need to have a full investigation," Martel added.

Jay Matthews, with The Washington Post, raised questions about a  number of D.C. schools. Aiton Elementary School has seen big drops since 2008, as has J.O. Wilson Elementary, also located in Northeast.

Wayne Ryan, the principal at Noyes back in 2009, was celebrated as a genius and given a $20,000 bonus by Michelle Rhee. All teachers received $16,000. Ryan has since resigned.

The D.C. inspector general has been asked to look into the case of Noyes and other D.C. schools. A spokeswoman for the agency refused to comment saying they don't comment on their investigations if there is an investigation in this case.

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