Juking the Stats

Epigraph to my APSA 2011 paper.

Prezbo: I don’t get it. All this so we score higher on the state tests? If we’re teaching the kids the test questions, what is it assessing in them?
Grace Sampson: Nothing. It assesses us. The test scores go up, they can say the schools are improving. The scores stay down, they can’t.
Prezbo: Juking the stats.
Grace Sampson: Excuse me?
Prezbo: Making robberies into larcenies. Making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and majors become colonels. I’ve been here before.
Grace Sampson: Wherever you go, there you are.

The Wire, 2006

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