Today, the Ohio Department of Education will release its 2007-08 academic accountability data. One new component is the "value-added" measurement. And, just like every public entity, ODE and Olentangy schools are misusing statistics in order to paint a picture that is untrue -- looks good, but is untrue.
I will be posting on "value-added" over the next few days in order to explain what that measurement really means -- if anything.
I suggest that you read the Ohio Value-Added Primer from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
In the meantime, you can search for "value added" on this blog.
note: Never take as fact the comments and analysis from government agencies and agents -- your school administrators in particular.