Listen now (47 min) | Hello everybody - Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Mark Woolway - a tech executive running for school board in the Acalanes Union High School District - a suburban area approximately 30 minutes east of San Francisco. Mark, a former colleague, included me in an email last month that caught my eye. He wrote, "I think there are serious issues facing our local schools… instead of just complaining, I decided to try to do something about it." Mark, a single dad, has four children in the school system. He has, as he explained, a "vested interest in making the high schools the best they can be."
Regarding "serious conversation about how to close the performance gaps that we see in these charts": don't bother. Gaps per se are not a problem. Bringing up everyone's performance to the level of their ability is all the system should attempt. Focusing on gaps is the wrong metric.