August 19, 2014
THE CULTURE WARS ARE A ROUT:
In modern education, metrics 'r' us (John Yemma, AUGUST 19, 2014, CS Monitor)
We won. Which annoys the heck out of us.Metrics are better than guesses. A good guess might lead to something wonderful, but that is rare, and a worker who only guesses won't go far. Being systematic is important. Producing consistent results is crucial - whether repairing a faucet or building a jet engine. As you'll see in Sarah Garland's recent Monitor cover story (read it here), the three-decade effort to improve public education in the United States - initiated by the 1983 "A Nation at Risk" report and brought forward by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act and the current Common Core initiative - has relied heavily on metrics.Students, teachers, and schools are held to a set of standards and are constantly being tested and evaluated, their performance compared with their past performances and with those of other students, teachers, and schools.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2014 5:59 PM
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