Are We Collecting the Wrong Data?

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For decades in education, our focus has been on collecting data and comparing results. We give standardized tests, content tests, and then, we review the results. After reviewing the results, we may redesign our instruction methods or strategies to better meet student needs. Our data focus, however, is more often on test performance rather than student needs or skills.




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