Data vs. Evidence

by VanessaVaile

and goes to remediation…



Many people mistakenly believe that the terms “data” and “evidence” are interchangeable, and these words have the same meaning.

Data is factual information such as numbers, percentages, and statistics.

Evidence is data that is relevant and furnishes proof that supports a conclusion.

There is a big difference between independent research, studies, and data collection efforts leading reseachers to a conclusion, and cherry-picking data to find “evidence” that will support your predetermined conclusion.

Ed reformers claim many schools are failing to prepare our students for college and careers and the “evidence” they cite to support their conclusion, is the “high” percentage of first-year college students taking remedial math and reading courses.

Unfortunately, many ed reformers have chosen to ignore and disregard data that does reveal other plausible reasons for the rate of college remediation because the data does not support their predetermined conclusion.

For example, recent studies have suggested that the standardized placement tests used to determine the “need” for remediation…

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