(by Michael Lavine)
An opinion piece in the New York Times about supposedly high-performing schools says “… accounts of miracle schools demand closer scrutiny. Usually, they are the result of statistical legerdemain” and gives several examples of highly-touted schools that fail to withstand closer scrutiny.
A letter in response says, “Debunking the undeserved hype surrounding individual “miracle” schools is a satisfying pursuit, but it does not negate the robust statistical evidence that certain inner-city schools are indeed producing far better results than most. Hype aside, better schools and more effective models do exist.”
Public education is an area of great public concern, and one in which many people wield statistical arguments. I do not know the state of current research. Can any well-informed readers enlighten us?