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  •  A few things to consider. (0+ / 0-)

    First and foremost, the uses everybody is kvetching about are teacher/school oriented, so...

    detailed individual data is probably not that important for this purpose.  

    Let's see --- local demographic data, information re: kids in school lunch program, truancy, etc. could probably go a very long way in refining the outcome.

    And a little intelligence.  Tests designed to to find out if kids are getting the basics are not sufficient for evaluating teachers and schools.  They are, at best, warning flags.  Actual investigation is required.

    But -- let's face it.  If you and teacher B teach the same grade (or subject) at the same school and teacher B's kids routinely go on to Harvard while your kids go on to server up fries and shakes, it ought to raise a question.

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    by dinotrac on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 04:13:55 AM PDT

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