I have a friend who always says, “Data is what you want it to be.” Truer words have never been spoken, especially in the field of education. When I first entered education, I was shocked, SHOCKED at the way data was compiled and used. Since I entered Chicago’s public school system, I’ve fought back on the use of data to drive instruction. I’ve repeatedly said that real statisticians would simply laugh at the way schools use data. We manipulate it to make it what we want it to be and make sweeping judgements about the state of our students’ learning based on these numbers. And we only consider what we want to consider.