The Electric Educator: Google Doesn't Care About Grades or Test Scores

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Google Doesn't Care About Grades or Test Scores

In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, the Senior VP of People Operations at Google discussed how Google hires and how they analyze job performance and hiring data. One of the few things that the data has clearly shown is that there is no correlation between job success and GPA: 
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I have been reminding educators that it is not about what you know, it's about what you can do with what you know. Teaching (and learning) facts will not prepare students for success. Teaching them how to interpret, analyze, and evaluate and apply information will. Google is looking for critical and creative thinkers, not Jeopardy champions.

Thanks to Peter Monnerjahn and Sir Ken Robbinson for tweeting this article.

1 comment:

  1. Hi. My name is Martavious Stewart from the University of South Alabama's EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed reading this article. I have noticed that over the years, that sometimes the book smart people, cannot connect the book knowledge to any experience worth hiring for. As bad as that sounds, grades do not equate skill. Some people may just be B students, but when it comes to performance, they can smoke out anyone in their field. I like this article, because so many places look at the grades, and this limits the immense potential that others bring to the table. As a future educator, this is a great lesson for me to keep in mind. A lot of times teachers love the students who do well in class, and see them as having the best potential, but it is about time that that notion changed.


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