When does data become information?

Lots of buzz in the news over making the links between student testing data and teacher evaluations.

“Schools Given Leeway on Test Scores,” Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2014 A5 The Department of Education waives the requirement to link the two for the next school year, while new tests are being instituted.  Provided schools share metrics with the teachers.  But, curiously enough, not with the parents.

What happens when you have data (the linkage between test scores and teachers) but don’t use it or share it?  How do those people excluded from the process (the parents, and possibly the students) feel about that?  Whose data/information is it?  Aren’t they public schools?

Is there information you collect but don’t share?  Why do you collect it?  Why don’t you share it?



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