Thompson: Foolish To Hope Data Can Be Used For Multiple Purposes
The Center for American Progress's "Movin' It and Improvin' It" report by Craig Jerald makes the claim that it is possible for school systems to use data for both “movin’ it” (removing poor teachers) and “improvin’ it” (making good teachers better). But Gerald should read Larry Cuban's latest piece in the Washington Post about of the large body of social science which shows that, real world, if data-driven evaluations are done by management alone, that systems have to choose between one policy or its opposite. Or, Jerald could just reread his own paper. He quotes a blogger who claims that “the real point of this reform (data-driven evaluations) is not punitive, i.e., firing bad teachers.” Jerald replies, "If so, that point seems to have been lost on state legislators." I would add that the point has also been lost on districts, principals, and teachers. What did Jerald think we would hear? Are we all suffering from a mass hallucination? -JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.