Project #36652 - Business Stat Discussion Question

Over the years I have observed with interest much of the public debate about education. Many political leaders and citizens seem to ignore basic statistics when discussing educational achievement. As we hopefully know from our study of sampling distributions, approximately half of all observations in a data set will be above the mean and half will be below the mean. Yet citizens and political leaders act as if all children, all schools, all states, etc. should achieve outcomes that are above the mean.  That is not to say that everyone should not try to improve; however, it is impossible for more than approximately half (depending on the probability distribution) to achieve outcomes above the mean (average) as long as there is any variation in outcomes.

Unfortunately, we have seen some really inappropriate and even illegal behavior (refer to Atlanta schools) as educational leaders reacted to pressure to try to move up the rankings as opposed to trying to help students learn more.

How do you perceive the importance of being "above average"? Is that really the desirable or achievable goal for all? Is there a better measure of positive educational performance whether it be the individual student, a school district, or an entire state? 

 

This is a MBA Business Stat Class I need 300 word count APA format and reference  

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 07/30/2014 12:00 am
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