Is big data ruining education?

Standardized tests may not be making kids smarter. If you’ve ever had the sneaking suspicion that standardized tests are a waste of time, you’re not alone. Simon Rodberg, the District of Columbia International School’s founding principal, recently wrote about how the promise that data will improve education is failing students. “The drive for data responded to a real problem in education, but bad thinking about testing and data use has made the data cure worse than the disease,” he wrote. In 2001, No Child Left Behind mandated more standardized testing and made…

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