Now is the Time

I have been doing a little reading on one of my true loves, brain research, and would like to take a moment to say that rapid growth in the field is producing astounding findings that are important to those of us in the brain business, teaching and learning. I am, of course, dismayed by the . . . → Read More: Now is the Time

Opinion: 7 reasons why teacher evaluations won’t work

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

Are You a Mugwump?

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?

National Standards Debate

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

Planning A Trip to the Future? Get a Good Map

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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The Cabinetmaker

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

A Common Misconception?

“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?