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mislead statistics Discuss how you have seen statistics used to mislead in your work or life. How do you (or would you) now critically analyze statistical evidence rather than accepting it as true and representative?

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As a teacher, I have seen statistics used in countless ways to make us think that one program is better than another. It's difficult to actually prove anything with test scores. So statistics are carefully manipulated to make one program seem more successful than another.

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Politicians are regular abusers of statistics, as you just need a statistician to manipulate the figures to come up with statistics that will prove your point, whatever reality actually says. Statistics are often used to mislead the general public in this way, as politicians will give us statistics that only support what they are trying to prove or argue than statistics that accurately reflect reality.

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Education statistics, in particular standardized test scores, are often misleading because they seldom focus on student growth. The public hears that a certain percentage of students were not at grade level, but not any gains they may have made.

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