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Mega dismisses NECAP data as too simplistic

June 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - On the heels of an upcoming school evaluation of the NECAP scores next month at the school committee retreat, Committee Member Dr. Anthony Mega used his three minutes at the end of the meeting on Tuesday to share his views on the NECAPs and other state assessments.
Mega began with a swipe at the NECAP data itself and the lack of examination into variables such as poverty rates and family life.
“I would tell you with absolute certainty that in the medical field, this data would be thrown out in a heartbeat,” he said. “It just isn’t valid. You can’t measure school performance as a single entity and not take into account the confounders. When schools go from ‘commended’ to ‘warning’, you have to be able to look at the confounders. They teach you something. They teach you who you are not reaching, and there are more of those in selective classrooms.”

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