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Yesterday, I jokingly tweeted that since today would be a snowy Friday before a holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Education would probably release SIG data. (They’ve executed numerous SIG-related “Friday afternoon trash dumps” in an attempt to minimize the field’s attention to this failed—and massively expensive—program.)
Turns out my joke wasn’t funny at all.
They’ve done it again.
As you might remember, several months ago, the Department released second-year results, meaning two years of data from cohort-one SIG schools and one year of data from cohort-two schools. But they had to retract the data because of mistakes made by a contractor.
So today, they’ve released the corrected information.
On a Friday afternoon.
Before a holiday weekend.
I’ve belabored the fiasco that is SIG, so I won’t pile on today. I just hope someone, someone, in the Department is saying, “If we find ourselves continually dumping bad SIG news, shouldn’t we just admit we messed up and ask Congress to end this program?”
Here’s what you need to know.
If this graph doesn’t convince you that we’ve misspent billions of dollars, I’m not sure what would.
And worse, because of language in the recent omnibus budget, states and districts have the opportunity to implement even weaker interventions with SIG funds.
SIG: The greatest failure in the U.S. Department of Education’s 30-plus year history, and we saw it coming.