We Don’t Know What to Measure

March 25, 2009

My post on ‘Open Source’ got me thinking about how we rarely know the best true measure of success.  The best measure of success is usually the one that gets us closest to the truth.  That sounds obvious, but it’s not.

How do you measure the success of a school district?  Many “experts” (see my post on Expert Fallacy) might support using measures such as drop-out rates, standardized test scores, class size or average education level of teaching staff. 

 But, the measure that might get us close to the truth on the school district’s success than any of these metrics is net increase of students in the district.  Good school districts attract families and drive growth of the student population.

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