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ERIC Number: ED508471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-13
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Bad Data Poison Language Study. Point of View Essay
MacSwan, Jeff
Education Policy Research Unit
Just 10 weeks ago, a consortium of researchers from Arizona's universities and research institutes released a comprehensive report indicating that a lack of good data has the state largely in the dark about the effectiveness of its education policies. Regrettably, concerns raised over the adequacy of available data did not prevent state schools Superintendent Tom Horne from releasing a study of the anti-bilingual education policy upon which his campaign for office had been based, using the very data researchers had warned about. Horne's study concluded that his department's vigorous ban on Spanish was working wonders for students. In this essay, the author discusses why even modest boasting of the study's results would be unjustified.
Education Policy Research Unit. Arizona State University, Division of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, Leadership, and Curriculum, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-1886; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Arizona