Blog: Education by the Numbers

A call for more data, and less anonymous data, to contain college costs

In Higher Education, Data Transparency, and the Limits of Data Anonymi…, Reihan Salam in the online version of the National Review writes, “I am increasingly convinced that unless governments do a better job of measuring student learning and labor market outcomes, any reform efforts will be of limited use.” In the piece Salam cites an idea from Andrew P.Kelly and Daniel K. Lautzenheiser of the American Enterprise Institute that universities and colleges shouldn’t be forced to use the same standardized test, but these “institutions should have the opportunity to choose from a menu of assessments, with the results made public. Administering an exam twice during a student’s tenure can allow institutions to measure the value added by the institution.”

With parents in revolt over plans to warehouse K-12 data at InBloom, good luck convincing Americans that we need less data privacy when it comes to university education.


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