The Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified is a pretty interesting column in today’s NY Times.
The quotation in the text box offers something worth all of us educators to consider – what biases do we show in our evaluation of “data”?
For writing, which data really is more useful and accurate: assessing through a typical rubric or through an “improvement rubric” (learn more at “Inquiry” vs. “Diagnostic” Frameworks For Writing Assessments and “Instead of seeing students as Far Below Basic or Advanced, we see them as learners,”)?
For language learning, which data really is more useful and accurate: a perfect score on a grammar quiz, or the ability to have conversation with someone else containing grammar errors, but the intended meaning is communicated?
For government, which data really is more useful and accurate: scoring well on a test about the Bill of Rights and separation of powers, or understanding and acting on identifying a community problem and getting it fixed?
I’m adding this post to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”