|Sketch by Jeff Bower|
As silly and potentially dangerous as this sounds, this is precisely what school does when we try and reduce what matters most (creativity, imagination, literacy, numeracy, responsibility, democratic citizenry, empathy and collaboration) to a spreadsheet friendly average.
Authentic accountability is about transparency. That is, the public should have access to the information they need about the schools they pay for.
There's nothing transparent about reducing something as magnificently messy as real learning to numbers. To reduce learning to numbers is to conceal far more than it reveals.
Consider this the next time you see a student's learning reported as a single piece of data.