Torture numbers, and they’ll confess to anything. –Gregg Easterbrook
98% of all statistics are made up. –Unknown
Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. –Aaron Levenstein
Statistics can be made to prove anything – even the truth.– Unknown
In case those quotes were too subtle, let me state it plainly. I don’t trust statistics in general, especially in the absence of other evaluation criteria. Now that that is out of the way, I wanted to share a resource that I found. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a very interesting interactive map of regional school districts and some statistics like starting teacher salaries, total enrollment, percentage of students in “gifted and talented” programs, and more.