I was especially happy to see this article, because I sensed something awry about the Times’ article, and Nelson nails it.
By the Times’ definition, the schools that select the most accomplished students are the “best” schools, and the non-selective high schools are “bad” or “not good” schools.
These are false assumptions, he says. And he is right. If a school cherrypicks the best students with the highest scores, then the school will have a high rating based on its students’ test scores and academic accomplishments. Both public and charter schools have recognized this truism, but the media should have the sense not to buy it.
This is the same fallacy that lies behind the U.S. News & World Report rating of high schools: the…
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