Jay Mathews with a sensible take on the debate about cheating in DC. per today’s USAT story. Rather than belabor the issue here, check out Jay’s post. Like all things involving Michelle Rhee the conversation about this has already taken on a Manichean quality. That’s unfortunate because NAEP (the independent federal test) scores did go up in D.C., too, over the past few years so let’s hope the forest is not lost for the trees here. And let’s also hope that every school that has great gains isn’t now seen as suspect, there is some great work going on around the country thanks to many great educators and some sensible caution and skepticism should not give way to total cynicism.