Misuse of Data in Educational Policy

Often in education, the policy directions of school districts, state education systems, and the federal Department of Education call for and rely on the effective use of data. Such terms as “data-driven classrooms,” or “data-driven instruction” are common, and rightfully so. While the language comes from the business world, educators and policymakers alike reasonably ought […]

“Are my students at risk?” Measuring Disciplinary Disproportionality

It is a well-established fact that Black students in the United States are more likely than other students to receive disciplinary referrals, and be suspended or expelled from school.   For example, the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection notes that in 2013, Black students comprised 26 percent of all students in New York […]