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Government scrutiny and intensified oversight have dramatically changed the landscape of education in recent years. Observers want to know how schools compare, which district is best, which states are spending the most per student on education, whether reforms are making a difference, and why so many students are failing. Some of these questions require technical answers that educators historically redirected to outside experts, but the questions leveled at all educators have become so acute and persistent that they can no longer be outsourced. This text helps educators develop the tools and the conceptual understanding needed to provide definitive answers to difficult statistical questions facing education today.

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The Problem: How to Compare Groups

By checking his state's department of education website, Mr. Valero can see how his eighth-grade math students compare with other eighth graders. The mean for his students' math scores is a little higher than the state average. Is the ...

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