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July 19, 2012

The Golden Age of Common Core

I believe we're in a "golden age" with the Common Core State Standards. It's certainly a golden age for curriculum publishers, who can now sell the same materials in 45 states, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the classroom. The standards are being rolled out in distric...

August 15, 2011

Professional Judgment: Beyond Data Worship

We've been "data driven" for at least a decade in education, with many a fortune made on assessment training for educators. I have no problem with using data to inform instruction, but I am starting to think we've gone too far in demanding that instruction be driven by data. Collecting data is not ...

July 19, 2011

Why We Still Need Standardized Testing Post-Scandal

@eduleadership In the wake of several major cheating scandals, most notably Atlanta's, several prominent voices, including Yong Zhao and Diane Ravitch, seem to be calling for an end to standardized testing. It's easy to understand why. In what future generations will cite as a textbook case of Cam...

July 08, 2011

State Report Finds Egregious Cheating in Atlanta

@eduleadership It's DC all over again. EdWeek's Christina Samuels writes on the District Dossier blog: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published on its website the entire 400-page state report that alleges that principals and teachers changed student answers on state tests in order to get high...

July 06, 2011

Floor Standards vs. Ceilings

@eduleadership When critics think about the merit of public schools, they're often thinking simultaneously about performance at both ends of the spectrum. On the bottom end, we want to make sure that Johnny can read. We have a variety of assessments that give us data about our progress toward this ...

February 03, 2011

The Death of Curriculum-Based Assessment

@eduleadership Remember the phrase "guaranteed and viable curriculum" from Mike Schmoker's book Results Now? Curriculum matters—what we actually teach students day to day and over their years of schooling has an enormous impact on what they learn. This is obvious on its face, but I'm concerne...

December 19, 2010

Test Scores Dropped from Definition of Effective Principals

The National Association of Elementary School Principals reported to members via email and blog post on Friday that the Department of Education has backed down from including student academic growth, as measured by standardized test scores, from its definition of "effective" and "highly effective" p...

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