Saturday, June 14, 2014

Big Data – Big Mess | Missouri Education Watchdog

Big Data – Big Mess | Missouri Education Watchdog:

Big Data – Big Mess

Folks, the dollar is collapsing. Fort Knox is empty (maybe).  The American dollar is on its way out as the reserve currency for the world. The IMF is considering a basket of currencies as a replacement. Google has other plans. They appear to be betting that data will be the new currency and they are mining it like the dickens right now.
Money is useful to get people to do things you want them to do. Data can accomplish the same goal only it can be used as both a positive and negative motivator, unlike money which is only a positive motivator. If I know a lot about you I can use that information to subtly steer you towards certain purchases or behaviors, like Cass Sunstein talked about in “Nudge”, or I can threaten you into an action with negative information I have about you. Information is power. Big data means big power. And it doesn’t even have to be real or accurate.
Every state took State Fiscal Stabilization funds and set up State Longitudinal Data Systems to track all kinds of information on students. This was supposed to help improve their education somehow. Teachers, school districts, parents and states were supposed to get all these wonderful reports at their finger tips that would tell them what needed to be done to get their students to the desired “student achievement level.”  Unfortunately, “Results may vary”, “These results are not typical” and “Please do not attempt, product shown being used by professional on a closed course” should be mandatory disclaimers on all state run data bases.

This story from Louisiana is just one example of the problems that can and do occur with these data bases.  Untold Data Crisis at LDOE. The post by a data insider details problems with the state data system that stem from cronyism, hiring cheap but unqualified labor, and the incredible Big Data – Big Mess | Missouri Education Watchdog:

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