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  •  It is possible to pour money into something (0+ / 0-)

    for a long time and not get results, if the money is not well spent. Misdirected effort often gets worse results than no effort at all.

    I don't think this an argument against performance evaluation, just an argument against a particular type of performance evaluation, a type that has not been shown to correlate with outcomes in any significant way. It's like we aren't satisfied with our car's gas mileage, so we pump more and more air into the spare tire in the trunk, because somewhere we read that tire inflation helped fuel economy.

    Sure, we can get numbers from tests, but training good test takers is not the purpose of primary and secondary education, although it is becoming that in the 'failing' schools. While we have poured money into education for the past three decades, we have watched our students show up at college more and more ill prepared for higher education, as evidenced in the ever increasing remedial courses that must be offered by colleges to get incoming students up to par.

    It should be obvious to any objective outside observer that we are not getting anything of value for those dollars. Rather than continue to pour money down a rat hole, it might be wise to step back and ask whether we might not be misdirecting our efforts.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 06:14:44 PM PDT

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