Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How School Data Fails to Tell Us What’s Important

How School Data Fails to Tell Us What’s Important:

How School Data Fails to Tell Us What’s Important

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Teachers look for solutions. That’s what we do. But data collection often fails when it comes to solutions. You can collect all the information in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it, or it can’t be translated into something meaningful, the information is worthless.
That’s how I feel about yesterday’s article in U.S. News and World Report“Where Poor Students Are Top of the Class” telling about students who are top test takers in schools along the Rio Grande River in Texas. Ninety-five percent of students there are poor and 33 percent are still learning English. They also boast of a 90 percent graduation rate. The report looks at three school districts: McAllen, El Paso, and Brownsville.
When I see an article that says poor students are doing well in school, I want to know why. How are educators, parents, and these communities making this happen? What are they doing differently that other school districts can learn from?
The report, called the Education Equality Index, originates from researchers from Great Schools, a nonprofit backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Waltons, and other foundations, and Education Cities, another nonprofit backed by How School Data Fails to Tell Us What’s Important:

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