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Evidence should inform but not drive decision making

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Brookings scholars seeks to rescue schools from the iron grip of standardized testing which says it can  measure 'teacher quality' by 'student test scores. They argue that  test scores misuse distorts the measures, are not the only things that matter in education, and they aren't good enough to label students, teachers, or schools,! They say that schools should be informed by evidence, not driven by it: 'Although evidence clearly contributes to thoughtful policy-making, evidence cannot and should not drive policy decisions. When we make decisions, or policies, we are driven by a desire to achieve a set of goals. The role of data is to provide evidence on how our choices are likely to affect the realization of our goals. Evidence informs decisions so that, if the evidence is good and we interpret it well, the results of our decisions align better with what we value.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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