In today’s WaPo Jay Mathews picks up the trail laid down by Ed Week’s Sawchuk. He invokes some pumpkin analogies that remind me of the Blueberry War of 2006. And I’m pretty sure that in the pumpkin world results matter. Anyway, my take is that we need to move forward on this issue but also be very careful because it’s not as simple as it sounds.
One step to moving forward is better data, new Data Quality Campaign report (pdf) looks at where we are on that. Note that on linking teachers to students in state data systems:
Only 21 states have a teacher identifier system with the ability to match teachers to students; another 13 states plan to have this element by 2012, but 17 states report no plans to implement it.
And that’s before you get to the political issues…