State board member scores Novice for understanding of random sample surveying
Sadly, the fiction level around the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge ratcheted up again on July 21, 2015 when the Courier-Journal published an Op-Ed from the vice chair of the Kentucky Board of Education, Jay Parrent.
Parrent’s Op-Ed proclaims “4,000 comments on standards show broad support.”
No, sir! The Challenge doesn’t begin to provide us such information. In fact, the Challenge doesn’t begin to tell us what the average Kentuckian thinks about Common Core. It doesn’t even tell us what the vast majority of Kentucky’s teachers – about 95 percent of them – think about Common Core.
The major thing the Challenge tells us is that if you set up a response-collecting web site in a loaded manner that totally locks out major criticism and makes it challenging to even offer minor criticism, you will get the inevitable result that only supporters of the standards are likely to bother to respond.
Sadly, the Kentucky lesson about how to set up a biased Common Core survey web site has not been lost on other states. Similar nonsense is under way now in West Virginia and Louisiana. In fact, the web sites in both states sound like they were modeled after Kentucky’s. I would not be surprised if the results in those states also get hyped like they come from valid random sample surveys, either.
Speaking of a valid random sample of Kentuckians’ real feelings about Common Core, so far I am unaware of any released results from any recent valid samples of Kentuckians’ attitudes. Maybe that will change soon. I hope so, because it takes something a lot more valid than the results from the highly biased Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge to determine what most Kentuckians really do think about Common Core.