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SCHOOLS: Data don’t appear to be much help

Letter by Andrew K. Milton, Tacoma on March 30, 2012 at 9:18 am | 52 Comments »
March 30, 2012 9:29 am

Re: “School turnaround program failing here” (TNT, 3-30).

Imagine my vexation when one moment I read in The News Tribune that, according to a survey by the University of Washington, schools in this state have not done too well with their federal turnaround money
then turn around and read that a Center for Education Policy report says that most schools across the country have made gains with their turnaround money

On the one hand, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he’s going to wait for the “actual data” before judging in Washington. On the other hand, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan observes that the nation’s lowest-performing schools appear to be showing preliminary promise, according to student-achievement data. But it’s too early to draw hard and fast conclusions from only one year of data.

More data is the only answer. I’m sure it’ll all be clear next year – when we get the school district data.

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