We received this from Monty Neill at FairTest
It was initially published in The Record
Sunday, March 13, 2011 Last updated: Sunday March 13, 2011, 7:46 AM BY BRUCE BAKER The Record
Bruce Baker is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education . . . → Read More: Opinion: 7 reasons why teacher evaluations won’t work
Mugwump is an interesting word with a history of changing meaning. It derives from an Algonquin word meaning “war leader.” It was used to mean officer or duke in the written English of the colonists and transformed to boss or bigwig by the early 19th century. In the 1884 presidential election, a group of . . . → Read More: Are You a Mugwump?
We found an interesting piece in the New York Times that features a debate of the merits of National Core Standards. Twenty-seven states have already agreed to adopt the standards in order to qualify for Race to the Top (RttT) funds. The Obama administration argues that the uniform norms will boost achievement of the neediest . . . → Read More: National Standards Debate
Suppose you are in St. Louis, Missouri and you are planning a trip to Vancouver, Washington. Only two maps are available, the one given Lewis and Clark at the start of their journey, or a U.S. highway map from Walmart. Which map would you choose?
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Let’s say I am a cabinetmaker specializing in high quality, world-class furniture. I want to be sure my work stacks up against the competition so I get out my trusty hammer, which is about a foot long, to measure the dimensions of my new cabinet. I drop the hammer on the surface of my . . . → Read More: The Cabinetmaker
“The WASL concept of subject matter testing as a basis for earning a comprehensive high school diploma seems intuitively obvious.”
It may seem obvious, but the people who design such tests and the experts who interpret their results suggest that they absolutely should not be used for such purposes.
For example, the . . . → Read More: A Common Misconception?
Here are some things that bother me about the WASL and Washington Standards:
1. I have attempted without success to discover an accepted framework of learning that supports Washington’s model of curriculum and assessment. OSPI references something called the “Carkhuff Conceptual Framework,” but I have been unable to find anything about it in the . . . → Read More: Things That Bother Me About the WASL