Thursday, January 16, 2014

Correlation, Regression Lines, and Current Events

Thought you might find this story interesting for several reasons.
Despite the improvements we are seeing in Newark and Camden, I believe we need to take bigger and broader steps to adjust our approach to K-12 education to address the new competitive world we live in. Our school calendar is antiquated both educationally and culturally. Life in 2014 demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and school year in New Jersey.
First, it's talking about lengthening the school day and school year, which I'm guessing you might have an opinion on.

Second, take a look at how correlation and regression lines are being used to try to refute the assertion that a longer day/year would actually improve the schools.

This was part of what I was talking about yesterday. In order to be an informed citizen, in order to make good policy decisions, you have to have a decent grasp of statistics. Read the blog post and see what you think. Is that data compelling? Do you agree with Governor Christie or with the blogger? What assumptions is Governor Christie making? What assumptions is the blogger making?

1 comment:

  1. Never mind that, what are those high-performing outliers above .6 Percent_FL doing right? Can we bottle it?