Data can be valuable, but it can also be manipulated--context is important as we strive to improve public education for all students.

Data doesn’t talk–people do


Data can be valuable, but it can also be manipulated--context is important as we strive to improve public education


A media friend was looking into a recent Vanderbilt study on six unidentified school districts across the state. The researchers found that “more students were chronically absent this fall than in previous years, and absenteeism increased the most among English Learners, students of color, and students who are economically disadvantaged.” I told her I was not concerned about the latest findings.




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