Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Counterproductive Targets

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Counterproductive Targets” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: The recent Atlanta cheating scandal [(Gumbrecht 2013) at and (Strauss 2013a) at], is a byproduct of the draconian consequences of failure to meet “Adequate Yearly Progress” TARGETS of the “No Child Left Behind Act” Such corruption is consistent with six empirical “laws” related to Counterproductive Targets, five of which were listed by EvalTalk’s Bill Fear (2013). They are epitomized by “Campbell's Law”: “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Hake, R.R. 2013. “Counterproductive Targets” online on the OPEN Net-Gold archives at Post of 03 April 14:00-0700 to Net-Gold and AERA-L. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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