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Muskie School Statistician and Business Faculty Member Responds to Maine School Grading System in the Portland Press Herald

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On Monday, May 20, Prashant Mittal's op-ed "Lies, damned lies and (school ranking) statistics" was published in the Portland Press Herald.

The op-ed examines issues related to the formula used to calculate grades of high schools in Maine and recommends alternative solutions.

An excerpt:

"It wouldn't be unsafe to say that our education system in the United States is at least a couple of years behind systems in countries that are leading in education.

Our system needs a major jolt and revival to a new life. The new school grading in Maine is a step in the right direction, done with good intentions -- but, sadly, with a blindfold.

The formula for calculating recent high school grades is a classic example of mediocre mathematics."

Read more: "Lies, damned lies and (school ranking) statistics"


 

Prashant Mittal can be reached at pmittal@usm.maine.edu

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