Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Olentangy, ODE, and Value-Added Nonsense

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.

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