The Children at Risk / Houston Chronicle 2010 Texas School Rankings were just released. First, if you are happy with your ranking, a hearty “Congratulations!”
Second, much like the Newsweek formula and the Drop-out Factory formula, the Children at Risk formula is fundamentally flawed. Remember the old saying, “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”? You can revise that to include “Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and Agendas.”
Third, in spite of a flawed, agenda driven rubric (and what ranking system isn’t: See BCS). I am a proponent for regular measurement to gauge growth and improvement. So don’t get hung up on where you rank right now. Because I can argue that your rating is completely justified and completely arbitrary and win both arguments. Just look at where you were last year, where you are this year, and aim for significantly better next year.
Think. Work. Achieve.