Over the weekend, I was having lunch with a friend who works in petroleum engineering. We talked about the kind of research and data that he uses to determine which sites are best for drilling or exploration.
Investors are especially interested in the ability of his company to substantiate their commitment to providing resources—especially in light of the current downturn in the oil market.
When the conversation switched to my work in education, he asked me a probing question. It was so different than questions most people ask me about school that I asked him to repeat it. “In a meta-analysis of student data,” he queried, “what would you say are the most significant factors in predicting student success?” Continue reading