Senator Higdon conducts “school”
As I previously wrote, educational progress in Kentucky became an issue again during the Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee meeting yesterday. Kentucky’s supposed education ranking compared to other states was one of the major topics, so it seems worthwhile to explore again some of the rich evidence this blog has accumulated about this important – often poorly researched – area.
In this blog, let’s take an overall look at the misleading pictures that can be created when state education systems are only ranked on overall average student scores. The statistical trap involved even has a name, “Simpson’s Paradox.” Kentucky State Senator Jimmy Higdon got to conduct a little “school” about Simpson’s during the legislative meeting for presenters from the Prichard Committee and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Prichard and the Chamber scored “Novice” on this important math lesson when they created their new paper, “A Citizen’s Guide to Kentucky Education.”