Richard Carranza deputy makes bogus claims on test scores in Georgia job bid
Chancellor Richard Carranza’s second-in-command is poised to get a top job in Georgia after claiming bogus achievements in NYC, critics say.
Cheryl Watson-Harris, Carranza’s first deputy chancellor, has been named the finalist to become superintendent of DeKalb County schools’ 99,000 students, which includes suburban Atlanta.
Her cover letter in recently applying to Sarasota, Fla., Watson Harris boasted:
“Under the leadership of my team the city has seen record gains in proficiency rates in both ELA and math.”
Fred Smith, a former DOE test analyst, said the gains were neither record-breaking nor impressive.
“It’s an overstatement,” Smith told The Post. “For her not to know this is a spurious achievement on her part, to claim credit for that, it’s ridiculous.”
Carranza — who has written a letter of recommendation for Watson-Harris, named her his No. 2 in July 2018. The only state exams in math and English for grades 3 to 8 administered during Watson-Harris’ tenure as first deputy chancellor were given in the spring of 2019.
Data showed only 47.4 percent of students scored at proficient levels in English and 45.6 percent in math. Those scores rose by .7 percent in English and 2.9 percent in math.
They were not “record gains.” In 2018, citywide scores rose by 4.9 percent in math and 6.1 percent in English Those gains occurred after the state reduced the testing from three days to two.
In 2016, average scores increased by 1.2 percent in math and 7.6 percent ...
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