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April 01, 2013

Common-Assessment Groups to Undergo New Federal Review Process

The review will focus on item and task development and on how the two testing consortia will validate assessment results.

March 29, 2013

Dozens Protest New Dallas Principal Evaluations

Community members protested Dallas's new principal evaluation system at district headquarters.

March 28, 2013

States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says

States can make better assessments possible by shifting testing dollars and using technology and teachers to score tests, says a new report.

March 28, 2013

'Why Do We Teach?'

I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."

March 26, 2013

Can't We Pay Our Best Teachers More?

Certainly overall salaries of teachers are held down by the failure to recognize that some teachers are more effective than others.

March 25, 2013

Teacher: Give Me Testing Data That Make Sense

An Indianapolis high school English teacher adds her voice to the growing chorus of educators speaking out against what they see as extraneous and unreliable benchmarking assessments.

March 22, 2013

Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions

The Smarter Balanced consortium decides to affiliate with a research group for future work and defines student performance at each testing level.

March 22, 2013

Value-Added Testing Now Ruining County Fairs?

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out': Version 2

No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out'

VAM (value-added measurement) is new to the scene, but as you know has been debunked for its unreliability and probably lack of validity by many others.

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