Re: “Learn from Lincoln Center success” (letter, 6-4).
I have always believed that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. I think it would be a mistake to make a rush to judgment in regard to the putative success of Lincoln Center.
Data can be easily manipulated to produce any outcome that the manipulator desire,s and discarding unfavorable data is one of the most obvious methods of data misuse. Since so much of Lincoln Center’s highly touted success in closing the achievement is based on students’ grade-point averages, I would ask if the students in Lincoln Center are graded using objective standards and on the same grading scale as the rest of the students at Lincoln High School.
If the school board is seriously considering expanding the Lincoln Center model, the board needs to scrutinize very carefully all available data and not rely solely on statistics produced by those most closely connected with the creation and implementation of Lincoln Center.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction should closely examine all documentation surrounding Lincoln Center before we jump to any conclusions. If Lincoln Center has, in fact, closed the achievement gap in the short space of two years, then it is deserving of expansion and emulation. But I remain unconvinced.