When presidents and leaders of developed countries talk about how their education system is doing in comparison to other systems around the world, they use PISA as the data for the discussion, but many educators know very little about PISA. What is PISA?
Recently in High Stakes Testing Category
September 25, 2015
August 31, 2015
Do tests reflect what students know...or their motivation and test taking skills?
July 17, 2015
John Hattie's research shows that growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset has an effect size of .19, which is below the Hinge Point, and the biggest reason why the growth mindset may not work is in the classroom.
June 18, 2015
John Hattie's new research paper published by Pearson is sure to ruffle the feathers of many, but his hope is that we get passed the politics of distraction in order to focus on the things that matter.
May 21, 2015
Like a child who regularly misbehaves, the New York State Education Department's behavior leaves educators, leaders and parents feeling uncertain, even if they are trying to do the right thing. Officials are meeting with educators and leaders from districts around the state to talk about opting out and high stakes testing. Will they really listen?
May 03, 2015
Nowhere in the US is education more of a political hotbed than in NY State. The Senate is getting ready to hold meetings around Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), but will the Governor listen?
April 20, 2015
The opt out movement is massive across the country, but are we open to learn what the movement is teaching us?
April 02, 2015
In NY State high stakes testing is quickly approaching and it seems that we have hit High Noon. On one side are those who want to opt out and on the other stands the state education department and funding.
February 26, 2015
Two recent commentaries in Education Week and the NY Times focused on the need for annual state testing. Unfortunately we keep battling over testing at a time when we should really talk about learning.
January 25, 2015
In New York State the education system is built on a political cycle and not a pedagogical one.