When I was either in graduate school or working toward my Ed.D., I was required to read the book, "How to Lie with Statistics" by Darrell Huff. This book changed my perception of education and measurement of educational achievement forever.
It seems that the "big wigs" LOVE LOVE LOVE statistics. They will print graphs, scatter plots, bar charts, etc. and expect that we (the teachers, parents, community) will just take their reports at face value. I AM HERE TO SAY....I am very much DONE with this type of business as usual. I am tired of people using scatter plots and bar graphs to support their position -- when the very charts and graphs they use DON'T support their position....but many are just so "in awe" of the charts that they take things at face value.
NCLB: The No Child Left Behind Act (a reauthorization of ESEA--the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) requires that decisions be data drive. My question becomes this WHO....WHO...WHO is verifying the data?
My grandma used to say, "You can either impress them with brilliance or baffle them with bullsh#t" Go figure. I have taken 3 stats class...Undergrad, graduate school, and doctoral. It is painful to sit through meetings being treated as if I am too stupid to figure out that what they are syaing is....well.....you know.