Holy crap. A story about a statistical anomaly is represented accurately by a news outlet: USA Today reports on a highly-irregular erasure rate on standardized tests in some D.C. public schools. Usually news articles, in the interest of “balance,” try to represent two points of view as equally likely, thus putting the crackpot on par with the scientist. (”Is the world really round? Some critics say no.”) It’s refreshing, then, to see a story that acknowledges the existence of p-values and uses them to illustrate just how unlikely D.C. Public Schools’ explanation is. Then — as if that weren’t enough — they release a heap of primary sources used to write the story. I’m in heaven. I might have to start treating USA Today as more than just a doormat for hotel lodgers.