‘M-Stat’ enables data-driven problem solving

The Washington Post reports that with the Maryland governor visiting, Montgomery County school leaders spoke candidly on Monday about the seemingly insoluble problem of raising success levels of some minority students in advanced math courses. Governor Martin O’Malley listened as school officials gave a PowerPoint presentation showing three schools, all with poor math achievement among blacks and Hispanics. The officials were demonstrating “M-Stat,” an initiative the uses statistics and computers to identify and analyze problems. The school system is the first in the nation to use this variant of CompStat, the same utility used by the NYPD to analyze crime trends…


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