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Michael Endler
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8/21/2013 | 7:42:20 PM
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Lorna, education was my first thought to. As currently devised, the idea of a "value-added" metrics has its heart in the right place, but it's pretty misguided overall. Just because we can capture more data than ever before doesn't mean everything can be quantified in a useful way, and even when useful quantification is possible, we don't always pick the right variables and definitions. Paul does a great job explaining why physicians are scared of data maniacs who can't see beyond the numbers.
Thomas Claburn
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8/21/2013 | 5:10:16 PM
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The problem with metrics is that they encourage people to focus on meeting the metrics requirements, even when those requirements are not fully aligned with optimal outcomes. In fields where the definition of success is open to interpretation, whether that's medicine or the arts, over-reliance on meeting numerical targets produces mediocre results.
Lorna Garey
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8/20/2013 | 7:01:39 PM
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Paul, I see many corollaries to teachers being rated on test scores - yes, they're largely out of their control, much like a diabetic taking his insulin, but properly weighted such stats are a starting point.


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