I am a big fan of the Freakonomics books and podcast. If you are someone who believes in questioning assumptions and using data to inform (not dictate or drive) your decisions and you haven't read the books or listened to the podcast, you are in for a treat.
At PeerPower, we are on a mission to empower students, parents, teachers, and administrators with better information that we believe will lead to better educated students and (quite literally) a better world.
To date, we have set out on that mission by calculating and being the exclusive provider of percentile scores from Virginia Standards of Learning standardized test scores.
Does that mean we think state standardized tests (like Virginia's Standards of Learning or the Common Core tests - called PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessment) are a perfect measurement of what students learn? No.
Does that mean we think state standardized tests are a perfect measurement of teachers' performance? No.
Does that mean we think Charter Schools and/or School Privatization are the only solution? No.
But do we believe in the power of using data to inform (not dictate) decisions when it comes to our children's education? Yes.
And do we think you should consider recent peer reviewed research by researchers at Harvard and Stanford Universities that concludes students in the 85th percentile and higher are more likely to experience several positive outcomes in their life than the average student (50th percentile)? Absolutely.
Here are 9 reasons why Standardized Test Percentile Scores matter: