Call the Stats guy to explain the education results

It's good to have the Bda Longtail Blog back, and the author has just summarized the confusing stats from our secondary school students in the two posts here and here.

Our public secondary school students are achieving miserable GCSE pass rates under 50%, yet the percentage of graduating students is 97% and 99%?

You know what I would infer from this?

That the latter two figures are based on the amount of students enrolled in the school right up until the end, *not* the amount of students who started the year.

So it must be completely misleading to believe the 97% and 99% figures, unless the standards for graduation are so low that all you need to do is show up to take a GCSE exam.

And even if you allow for 'graduating' students to get the extra boosts by taking the 'free' Bermuda College courses, they're still completely disadvantaged when compared to their peers from other countries.

1 comment:

Renaissance Man said...

Statistics, huh?

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Evan Esar

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. (Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.)
Mark Twain

We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well known liberal bias.
Stephen Colbert

I'll save you the trouble, the results are bad, period.