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. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2014 5:59 PMMetrics 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.
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