Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Spellings speaks at educational data summit

While the Secretary of Education seems to be surprised that we make educational decisions based on anecdotal data, she states the problem pretty well. Federal programs that have for years encouraged stove pipe system development and vertical accountability are a primary enabler of this situation. The following quote does, however, indicate how out of step education is with the rest of the working world.

"It's hard to believe that we're just getting started in this endeavor in education. In other fields we expect standards and evaluations as a matter of reaching a diagnosis to correct problems," Spellings said. "Without data and information and sound decision making, it's basically guess work."


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