As I wrote yesterday, we are seeing all sorts of reports computing rankings of state education systems. However, those reports are using approaches that don’t comply with recommendations found in various documents from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Yesterday’s blog discussed two of those poorly conducted reports, the Quality Counts 2016 report from Education Week and the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research’s Issue Brief #19. Last night I came across another example, a blog from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence that makes exactly the same sort of comparison mistakes.
All of these reports blatantly ignore guidance from the NCES regarding pitfalls to avoid when doing comparisons of test results from different states and as a consequence wind up portraying an inaccurate picture of Kentucky’s true performance. To see what should be considered when conducting state education system rankings – things often being ignored by those doing state rankings – click the “Read more” link.