Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:
Here is a guest post from Western New York Parent Advocate Eric Mihelbergel:
One of the great flaws of human nature is that our ego makes us suddenly believe that things magically become more important if we measure them. Data does not exist naturally in the universe. It is a human invention, and thus it is based on human assumptions. Data itself has no power. But all too often humans allow data to tell lies.
Consider the case in the Ken-Ton School District where my two daughters attend school. The school district recently mandated that teachers use NYS Common Core modules in grades 6-8 ELA and Math because there was a decline in NYS test scores. Although they are compassionate people, they poorly assumed that test scores are down because the wrong teaching methods are being used. But the data does not say…
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