As promised… a weekend follow-up to my Friday post about education reform.  The real centerpiece of reform efforts is the notion of “data-driven education,” i.e., that teachers can be objectively measured according to certain benchmarks.  While perhaps a reasonable principle, what this has meant in practice is an increased reliance on standardized testing.  Standardized testing in education is an abominable failure as a scientific method of data collection: different populations are measured against.. Read More