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March 12, 2013

Are Schools Prepared for Online State Assessments?

High stakes testing has brought a new era of accountability and most states focus on what will happen when students, principals or teachers will cheat, so all of the educators who give the tests will be on edge the day these assessments go on-line.

February 22, 2013

What Would You Do If You Were U.S. Secretary of Education?

What would you do if you were the U.S. Secretary of Education?

January 14, 2013

When Teachers Refuse to Give a High-Stakes Test

19 teachers from Garfield High School in Seattle refused to give a high stakes test. How do educators get policymakers to listen to their needs.

October 24, 2012

Flying Under the Radar... Field Testing in Schools

If we are to truly give our students a better education system, we first must get rid of a flawed system built on testing. This past week, many New York State students had to take field tests and my fourth grade students were one of the groups chosen. I'm sure it had nothing to do with this blog. I...

September 20, 2012

The Two Faces of Growth Models?

When comparing the growth of a student from last year's test to the one they took this year (and keeping the same cut points) is like taking their time from running the mile on a rubberized track last year and expecting them to run the same time on a steeplechase track with a few water pits thrown i...

June 08, 2012

Education: How Do We Get There From Here?

Sometimes it's easier to deal with failure when we are the ones responsible, rather than deal with the failure that others seem to be controlling. Recently I interviewed Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of Wicked and many other great books. He has such an interesting story about growing up ...

May 04, 2012

State Testing...The Saga Continues

On the third day of testing for the New York State Math Assessment, I sat across from the student whose test I was proctoring. He looked up at me after reading one of the difficult fifth grade questions and said, "I don't know what to do." I assured him to just try his best and he continued on to f...

April 21, 2012

New York State Testing: A Marathon for Students

"The test was too long. In the middle of it I could not feel my butt." Third Grade Student's response on his weekly review. The third grade response above was age appropriate for how he was feeling about the test. In his mind, the tests were far too long. We have now come to a point that makes edu...

March 28, 2012

What's With the Negative Campaign Against Education?

"NOTE: No one, under any circumstances, including the student, may alter the student's responses on these tests once the student has handed in his or her test materials. Teachers and administrators who engage in inappropriate conduct with respect to administering State examinations may be subject t...

March 03, 2012

High Stakes Testing is ONLY 20% of an Evaluation

Teachers give tests to students all the time. It's been a standard educational practice for decades, perhaps even centuries. In some educational circles there is a push to complete formative assessments with students to get a true measure of their progress in the classroom. Most educators follow th...

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