At the three schools in our cohort (Sussex Elementary, Deep Creek Middle, and Chesapeake High) we are experiencing

an increase in the number of FARMS students throughout our community. Conventional wisdom may associate FARMS and lower socio-economic status with school performance and a corresponding decrease in overall MSA/HSA scores. Based on our reading, The Hidden Traps in Decision Making by Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa, there are many traps that school-house decision makers and community stakeholders can fall into when analyzing data such as MSA/HSA. http://bcps.mdk12online.org/content/Castellani/Fall09/session %207%20hiddentraps/Hidden_Traps_in_Decision-Making.pdf Several of the traps described in the article are: • The Status Quo Trap biases us toward maintaining the current situation even when better alternatives exist. • The Sunk-Cost Trap inclines us to perpetuate the mistakes of the past. • The Confirming-Evidence Trap leads us to seek out information supporting an existing predilection and to discount opposing information. • The Framing Trap occurs when we misstate a problem, undermining the entire decision-making process. The article states that the best way to avoid all traps is always awareness – forewarned is forearmed! The book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell also discusses decision-making traps, and how we often rely on our initial instincts (the thinking that occurs in the blink of an eye). Is that process effective or are our best decisions made when we have the opportunity to carefully evaluate all available and relevant data? Consider the FARMS data provided: • • When evaluating the FARMS data, which of the above traps could impact decision-makers as they review school-wide data? What are steps the school leadership needs to take to avoid these traps?

Baltimore County : Sussex Elementary (ID:1513)
AYP
ELEMENTARY
Special Education • Limited English Proficient •

Assessments

Demographics

FREE/REDUCED MEALS • Title I • 504

Baltimore County : Deep Creek Middle (ID:1557)
AYP
MIDDLE
Special Education • Limited English Proficient •

Assessments

Demographics

FREE/REDUCED MEALS • Title I • 504

Baltimore County : Chesapeake High (ID:1574)
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HIGH
Special Education • Limited English Proficient •

Assessments

Graduation

Demographics

FREE/REDUCED MEALS • Title I • 504

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