Saturday, February 25, 2012

Calling Andrew Gelman

Smiley banging head against the wall
Eli has seen the future and it is confused.  In a report on release of teachers rankings, the bunny saw this gem
At a briefing on Friday morning, an Education Department official said that over the five years, 521 teachers were rated in the bottom 5 percent for two or more years, and 696 were repeatedly in the top 5 percent.

But citing both the wide margin of error — on average, a teacher’s math score could be 35 percentage points off, or 53 points on the English exam
Average. Off.  Head.  Wall.  Bang.  Notify Andrew Gelman


frank -- Decoding SwiftHack said...

Come on, Eli. Why would America need to cultivate these "logic" and "thought" thangs? America has lots of money, and can simply use the money to buy whatever "logic" and "thought" it happens to need.

And "follow the money" of course means "go wherever the people with a lot of money tell you to go".

-- frank

Anonymous said...

In shocking news, it was revealed that merely 50% of teachers are above average, and a devastating half of teachers are below average.

EliRabett said...

Further, according to the official, very serious, very expensive rating system, no one can tell the difference.