Minding The Data ‘Gap’


http://www.gapminder.org/     http://www.gapminder.org/news/education-data-1970-2009/


A friend of mine who tends to consider me the erudite nerd when it comes to reading between the lines, sent me an old TED video clip about data (not only do I worship the simplicity of nature, I find Edward R. Tufte to be the steward of logic in displaying data and information in a way almost anyone can understand).  My friend felt that perhaps Gapminder.org  would soothe my yearnings for ever more clear data.

After listening to Mr. Rosling and viewing the website www.Gapminder.org, I do believe this is the ‘missing link’ all charter schools should be using to display their data.  Since Gapminder allows for  longitudinal studies to be represented AND charter schools love data, this is a match made in heaven.  Surely anything the Swedish do, we as Americans can do…..right? 

So, a challenge to KIPP, Aspire Public Schools, U.S. Department of Education, etc. – take a view of  Gapminder and load in the data.  Inquiring minds want to know.  I am certain everyone would love to know the increase in college graduation rates, especially with so many successful charter schools, what the test scores show from state standards vs. NAEP, how many students from which schools are in which colleges………there is a veritable gold mine out there for grad students.