Blog: Education by the Numbers

Report of troubles with using education data in Idaho

Bill Roberts writes in The Idaho Statesman on September 13, 2013 that teachers throughout the state of Idaho are unable to make good use of a much heralded Schoolnet data system because test score data arrive months too late and because some of the data is riddled with errors.

One teacher reported that she “never got test scores from April’s Idaho Standards Achievement Test last May as she expected. She didn’t see the scores on Schoolnet until fall – too late to examine them for lessons for that new school year.”

Another teacher said that the system errantly showed that only 2 percent of the state’s juniors were ready for college when the actual percentage ranged from the high 30s to the mid 40s.

Here is the story.

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