Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Selective Reading Is Hardly Evidence

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Selective Reading Is Hardly Evidence

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Howard Fuller is guilty of distortion and statistical naivet?, Mr. Witte responds.

AS USUAL, Howard Fuller selectively reads my work, distorting it to support his well-known advocacy of educational choice. Referring to "the 1995 expansion of Milwaukee's program to make more students and schools eligible to participate," he quotes my remark that "there is absolutely no evidence in my or any other study that would justify" such an expansion. The full passage from my article, which follows a paragraph describing the 1995 legislative expansion of the program, reads as follows:

The irony is that there is absolutely no evidence in my or any other study that would justify this expansion of the program. Parochial schools were not part of our study, and no data exist involving parochial schools. Our reports always contained a disclaimer that results could not be generalized to a broader voucher program. The data limitations also apply to the analyses by voucher supporters, although they have not been so constrained in the implications they draw.

Thus what is at issue is generalizing from one sample of schools to a wholly different kind of school. …

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