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Ocasio-Cortez Caught Lying to Education Group About Her ‘High’ Test Scores

Ocasio-Cortez Caught Lying to Education Group About Her ‘High’ Test Scores

“I should never be made to feel that being bilingual was a deficit in the first place.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed to a public education group on Saturday that she received a score in the “99th percentile” on a “high-stakes” standardized test, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

While speaking at an “Education Town Hall” in New York City, Ocasio-Cortez, whose first language is Spanish, told the assembled crowd that during her childhood, teachers thought she needed “remedial education” because she “spoke two languages instead of one.”

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“This issue is structural and it is systemic which means we need a solution just like with the Green New Deal, we need a solution on the scale of the problem,” she said. “I should never be made to feel that being bilingual was a deficit in the first place.”

The progressive-minded event was organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools and centered around discussing the racial and gender biases within standardized testing.

However, after taking a “high-stakes” test, in which she claimed to have scored in the “99th percentile” across the board, teachers realized she did not need the additional assistance.

There’s just one problem with her statement: “High-stakes” tests ranked by percentiles do not exist.

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According to a blog post written by New York University professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch, who was also in attendance at the event, high-stakes tests “used for accountability purposes” don’t rank by percentile and instead “classify students as 1, 2, 3, or 4.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s teacher, wrote Ravitch, “must have given her a no-stakes individual test that produces a percentile ranking for diagnostic purposes.”

“Well, she can’t know everything about everything. None of us do,” Ravitch added.

Ocasio-Cortez has a history of misstating the facts to support her left-wing agenda, and of rejecting critical commentary and press coverage as unfair or biased.

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Cover image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat. (Screen grab)



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