D.C. parent: How data-obsessed school reform helps drive rising inequality in nation’s capital

In the Washington Post Answer Sheet, DC parent and academic, Natalie Hopkinson, challenges the District’s policymakers and us to look at how we look at data (and use it), and specifically whether DC’s data-driven education reform is helping the school system or many of the students in it. In view of OSSE’s newly released strategic plan, and its key priority of high quality and actionable data, it seems worth considering Ms. Hopkinson’s comments and their implications for students with special needs. Her remarks were delivered at last week’s Urban Institute’s panel on Washington D.C.’s Next Generation of Education Data and Research. Other speakers included:

  • David Grosso, chairman, education committee, DC Council
  • Kaya Henderson, chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Hanseul Kang, state superintendent of education, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Niles, deputy mayor for education, Washington, DC
  • Scott Pearson, executive director, DC Public Charter School Board

Their bios and focus areas, and those of the event’s other panelists, can be found here.